It’s no secret companies always want to hire the best talent. While getting the most skilled people for your company is a must to get things done properly, you’d be surprised how relying on this alone can cause some office issues.
Ethan Rouen, a contributor at Fortune.com, stated that ‘the most qualified candidates often do damage to a firm when they don’t jibe with the firm’s culture.’ Skills, of course, are still important, but most of the time, it can be learned or improved. Culture fit, on the other hand, is something you can’t teach people - it’s something that comes innately for every single one of us.
A workplace consisting of conflicting personalities, beliefs and interests could be a total mess - but it’s not unfixable. This issue may seem intimidating to some, but luckily, a simple assessment of your company’s culture can solve it. Kick off your strategy by re-evaluating what your company stands for and believes in, and everything else will follow.
At Bolton Remote, we don’t only help companies build offshore remote teams, but we also ensure that we provide clients with the best niched employees who are also fit for their culture.
Determine your company’s employment branding
Before hiring new employees, identify your organization’s core culture first. According to an article by Sheila Margolis, an expert in Organizational Change and Culture Management, the shared beliefs and values your company go by when running the business is what we call core culture. Oftentimes, CEOs determine office culture, but it can also be derived from solicited opinions from other employees, this will then serve as your employer brand.
For example, if your company promotes a fun, open and collaborative environment, be more thorough when entertaining introvert applicants or those who prefer to work alone. If your business puts importance on equality amongst all level of employees, hiring an arrogant, self-entitled person is obviously not the right way to go.
It’s all about identifying what your company values most and find those values in every person you interview. An article about hiring for culture fit written by Margolis is an effective guide you can use to determine your core culture.
Additionally, most applicants have their own deal-breakers when looking for a job, and it’s only fair that companies also lay out some of their own. This ensures an establishment of a healthy workplace that can help lead to success.
Align culture with business materials and your interview process
Now that you’ve figured the type of people you want to hire, the next step is to reference your core culture in all your communication materials, especially the ones you use for recruitment.
It’s also strategic to include your goals and company values in your website and always add the link to every material you distribute - this will entice the right people to apply for your job postings.
Job seekers often research about companies and take in consideration how things work inside an office. If they see that your vision doesn’t go well with theirs, chances are they won’t click that ‘apply now’ button.
More importantly, use interviews to get to know applicants better. Ask questions not only pertaining to their skills but also about their personality, e.g., how they deal with colleagues and workload. You can also give tests to identify their personality type and use that to determine if they fit.
Here are some questions you can ask that can help you assess applicants.
- Tell me about your very best day at work.
- How do you go about delegating tasks?
- Based on what you’ve seen so far, how would you describe our culture here?
- What is the biggest change you’ve had to adapt to at work? How did you do it?
Incorporate cultural induction during orientation
According to Oregon State University Office of Human Resources, effective new hire orientations provide new employees with concise and accurate information to make him / her more comfortable in the job, which makes them a crucial part of employment.
While you’re at it, maximise the opportunity in ensuring your new hires are a perfect fit for your culture by dedicating an hour to thoroughly discuss exactly what your company culture is.Organise an office tour and a meet-and-greet with old employees, and allow new hires to ask any questions related to work.
Exposing new hires to your company’s culture for a day will surely help both employer and employee find out if he / she fits the company culture.
Being consistent is the key to a successful story. If your goal is to find and hire culturally fit people, then consistently going by your core culture and doing the steps mentioned above will help you reach that.
Alongside exceptional skills, remember that company culture is crucial in creating a good and happy workplace for everyone in your team. It promotes good work ethics which will lead to even better work outcome.
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