Cultural fit is a concept that can be hard to define but everyone knows when it is missing.
Simply put, cultural fit is the likelihood that a person will be able to effortlessly live your business core values and behaviors.
If you assess cultural fit throughout your recruitment process, you will ensure you hire people who will become fantastic in their new roles. This will certainly help drive long-term growth and success for your business.
What this means is that when you hire on both job fit and cultural fit, you’ll find that your new team members are:
- Faster to start really becoming part of your team
- Start contributing quicker than others
- Are happier in their new role
- Tend to stay longer with your business
- Become brand ambassadors
- Are likely to become ‘star performers’
When you make recruiting decisions purely on skills and don’t take into account the cultural fit of the candidate, you may find:
- The candidate doesn’t fit in with your existing team
- They will quickly become dissatisfied with their role
- Will not adhere to the values and behaviors expected of them
- May end up leaving through resignation or termination
Top Tip: Give applicants a chance to lead the conversation.
We’ve all been to interviews where the interviewer sticks to an approved list of 10 questions. Instead, hand the interviewee the keys. See how they communicate without prompts or guides. This can provide an opportunity for vibrant personalities to shine. If the interviewee has difficulty conversing with you of their own accord, that can be a sign that their personality doesn’t fit the role.
Do You Know What Your Core Values Are?
It’s important as the leader to know yourself well enough to know what your true or core values are. If you discover that you actually value timeliness over creativity, that’s your prerogative. When you started your business, how did you want it to run? What did you want to motivate people? Don’t worry about being “wrong” when you answer these questions. The important thing is to answer them.
Perhaps, respect, open communication and on-time delivery of service are your core values. For another business, it may be delivering your products at the lowest cost. Whatever your core values are – live them and be sure to communicate and promote them at every opportunity.