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How to Make Sure Your Candidate is a Cultural Fit

Every company has its own unique culture and identity, and if employees who do not embody this culture are hired regularly, productivity and workplace morale can suffer. Company culture is a combination of values, history and beliefs that the company’s leadership holds, and when the time to recruit employees arrives, it is best to hire individuals who can uphold the company’s values. If you are unsure of whether a candidate is a culture fit for your company or not, try using the following tactics.

Asking the Right Questions During an Interview

Asking the right questions is imperative if you want to hire a cultural fit. Unfortunately for employers, most employees have already researched the companies they have applied to, and more than likely, already have an understanding of what you are looking for in an employee. This means they can craft answers to fit your questions and obtain the position, even if they aren’t necessarily the best fit for the job.  

To prevent this from happening, you need to ask questions that are outside of the box. This can be difficult, especially if you aren’t used to making up interview questions, but it can be done in the following ways.

  • Ask the interviewee how they would deal with situations that are specific to your company.  

• Have the interviewee clarify their professional values and goals.

• Ask unorthodox questions such as “What about this particular work environment appeals to you?”

Unorthodox questions can help you gauge an interviewee’s perception of your current workers and environment. As long as your questions are not discriminatory, there is nothing wrong with a bit of ingenuity.

The Role of Personality Tests

In today’s workplace, personality tests, such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, can help you choose candidates who will fit in with your company’s culture. Personality tests can help you assess how a person will deal with a situation and blend into a specific setting. Just be sure you don’t base your decision solely on test results.

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