Why you should hire for cultural fit

Top 5 Reasons to Hire for Cultural Fit

There are many factors which hiring managers use when picking applicants to interview, test, or hire. Among these factors are skills, educational background, and experience. It’s usually easy to quantify an applicant’s level in any of these 3 factors, since these are often indicated in their resume.

But if you’re hiring employees, there’s another factor you should look at – cultural fit.

Basically, a cultural fit is about the values, ethics, and mindset of the applicant, and whether these things align with your company’s own values, ethics, and mindset. While it’s harder to quantify, a cultural fit is essential for a potential employee’s success in your company. Here’s why:

1. A good cultural fit makes it easier for the new hire and existing employees to work well together.

New hires need to quickly and effectively become part of a company’s existing team. This is much easier to do if your employees share common values, ethics, and mindsets when it comes to work. New hires won’t feel much like outsiders, and they’ll easily see what they can contribute to the rest of the team.

2. A good cultural fit encourages employee loyalty.

Though new employees are often very excited about their new jobs, the romance doesn’t last that long. Very quickly, they’ll start to see differences and problems that prevent them from fitting in or working effectively. You can avoid that simply by hiring a candidate who is a good fit for your company’s existing culture and processes.

3. It’s easier to match expectations with a good cultural fit.

Your employees’ expectations regarding flexible working schedules, pay, raises, and work-life balance should match your company’s. Otherwise, employees may feel resentment if they expect better work-life balance even if your company’s employees are known for diligence and hard work.

4. Hiring based on cultural fit helps your company become more competitive on the points that make you unique.

If your company is known for its innovation, then you’re going to focus on finding competent innovators when you’re hiring. Or, if your company’s unique selling point is your great customer service, you’re going to try and find candidates that show great customer service skills. By hiring based on qualities that your company culture values, you’re ensuring your company’s competitiveness based on those qualities.

5. It’s harder to train for cultural fit.

It’s easy to send an employee to conferences, workshops, and any additional training where they can acquire new skills or improve their existing ones. But, you can’t exactly train an employee to follow your company culture.

As you can see, hiring for cultural fit has great benefits for your company. While you still have to look for competence and communication skills, cultural fit should also be an important factor in your hiring decisions.

  1. Stuart Reader says:

    There’s a deal of discussion around the criteria businesses use to hire and of course with the rise and rise of internet based commentary on areas like culture fit this adds another burden to the hiring managers long list of “things to be considered”.
    There are of course opposing perspectives on the drive towards culture fit. The principle danger being the “clone” model where everyone in the organisation shares views to the extent that the business dynamic, born of sometimes completely opposite views disappears.
    All businesses need some internal conflict to ensure robust decision making, as long as there are good resolution routes and clear leadership with mature judgement at management level

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