Finding Employees That Fit Your Workplace Culture

Posted July 14, 2014

Finding the right candidate for a job isn’t always an easy task.  If you hire the wrong person it can be expensive, damaging to your work environment, and very time consuming.  Hiring the correct person on the other hand will enhance your work culture and pay you back in high employee morale.

For hiring managers, hiring for a mix of culture and skill can be tricky. How do you attract candidates with the right personality?  How do you know which candidate is the best fit for your organization?  The following tips will guide you in hiring the right people to help cultivate your office culture.

Define your company culture.
Before you even start the hiring process, you need to take a step back and make sure you have a grasp on what the culture of your organization is.  You can’t hire an employee that’s a good cultural fit, if you don’t have a clear picture of what that culture is.  Determine the values and characteristics that are important to you and your current staff.  Then, determine the required output and performance success factors for your workplace.  Communicate these to the hiring team so that everyone is on the same page about what characteristics to look for in a candidate.  

Look for candidates in places your potential employees gather.
Like-minded professionals often gather in the same places online.  Subscribe to the social media platforms you think your ideal employees follow.  While LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter are a great place to start, also look at Pinterest, Instagram, and Tumblr.  Make sure your profiles on each of these platforms are consistent with your brand and tell the story you want to tell about your organization.  There is no better way to engage potential prospects, then being relevant in the channels they’re already using. 

Use behavioral questioning as part of your interview process.
The main purposes of an interview is for the employees on the interview team to assess the potential cultural fit of a job candidate.  You already know they have the skills required to do the job or you wouldn’t have called them in for an interview.  Therefore, the purpose of the majority of questions asked during the interview should be to determine whether the candidate is a good fit.  You can do this by asking behaviorally targeted questions that assess the candidate’s behaviors in previous job scenarios to predict future job success.  Here are few questions to get you started:

  • What are your three most important work related values? Provide an example of a situation in which you demonstrated each value at your last job.
  • What are the characteristics exhibited by the best boss you have ever had – or wished that you have had?
  • Provide an example of a time when you went out of your way and jumped through hoops to delight a customer.
  • When is the last time you made a mistake at work?  What did you do to fix the situation?

If you can’t map the candidate’s answers to your company values, then chances are they won’t be the right fit.

Be prepared to invest in the right candidate.
When you find an employee that’s a great match for your company, your approach to their development should be long-term if you want to win over and keep the right talent.  In a competitive job market, candidates are looking at “what’s in it for me”.   Competitive compensation packages, opportunities to directly impact projects, and inspiring leadership styles contribute to the attractiveness of your company.  When you find the perfect candidate to fit into your culture, you have to sell the benefits of your culture to them.

Even when you feel pressure to fill the job quickly, it’s important to remember that you’re not just making a job offer for an open position.  You are asking someone to join and grow with your company. Hiring for cultural fit will greatly reduce the risk of a costly bad hire and having to do the same hiring process over a few months down the road.

Still having trouble finding employees that fit your culture? Let the experienced team at All Team Staffing help.  Since 1989, All Team has been providing employers with proven staffing solutions that help grow business, reduce risk, and boost their bottom line.  Contact our team of experienced employment specialists today to see how we can provide the best talent for your organization.