It is prudent for an employer to gauge if the potential candidate’s beliefs, goals, behavior and outlook is congruent with the organizational culture, besides their skills and qualification. Here‘s how to determine a potential hire’s cultural fit:
- By focusing on culture in the job description, companies can foster better candidate self-selection, saving precious time in the hiring process.
- Using a one-way video interview, employers can prompt jobseekers to briefly answer set questions, such as their ideal work environment, how they addressed a mistake in life, the best aspect of their current job or their definition of success.
- Use tools such as Realistic Job Previews and/or ‘Day in the Life’ profiles to help applicants’ self-screen. These enable applicants to better understand the dynamics of a particular job and organization and make decisions early about the suitability for the position.
- Use your most engaged employees to help you screen out incompatible candidates. Encouraging interaction between both sides can predict whether a candidate will mesh with or alienate your existing team.
- Partner with a strategic recruiting firm, like GLC, which takes the time and resources to understand a firm’s culture to ensure an optimal fit.