Cultural Fit Considered During the Hiring Process

mergerCompany culture… ever heard of this phrase before? We are sure you must have; it has become a buzz word over the past few years. So what has caused company culture to become so important?

Company culture is a broad concept and comprises of a number of things such as the dressing of the employees, the manner in which the decisions are being made and the way in which employees are awarded for their performances. So when a hiring manager tells you that you are fit for the company culture, it means that your values and your personality are appropriate for the company and their employees. And why is this important? Because if you fit well, you can be more productive, not to mention more happy.

So how do you know if you are the right fit for the company or not? This is for the hiring manger to decide and they judge this when you appear for an interview. According to an HR professional, cultural fit is one of the most important elements considered when hiring people.

A hiring manger told us that both experience and skills are very important, but none of them are of use if the employee does not fit into the company’s culture. In this case, he is either terminated or resigns himself in just a matter of a few months. He went onto add that before they hire anyone they make sure they have the answer to one question: will that person be a good fit for the team over the next five years.

We had a discussion with another hiring manager who regarded cultural fit as important, but not that much. He stated it to be secondary and positioned it after experience and skills. He added that a candidate may not always be a good fit but if he has skills which the company can cash in on, he will most certainly be hired. He also said that at times this was not always the case, but still is something that must be done.

So what do we learn from all of this? When you next have an interview, make sure you can adapt to the company’s culture and line up your goals along with their mission and vision. Convince hiring managers of the same, and hopefully, you will be offered a position. Good luck.


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