Good Fit Is The Key To A Good Hire
When businesses hire new employees, more often than not they focus on the skill levels they possess, their experience up to this point and how technically gifted they are for a role. But there is another quality that is more important than all of this and that is how they fit into your company’s culture.
Yes, you want to bring on someone that can do their role exceptionally well - better than anyone else, in fact - which is why hiring based on abilities is key. But if you find someone that is a ‘good fit’ per se, hen you will find they increase the office morale, improve motivation, bond better with teammates, create positive experiences and, yeah, do their job well too. It’s a pretty good deal if you ask us.
The big question is: how do you hire new employees to fit into your company culture?
1. Define Every Detail Possible
Your job description isn’t just somewhere to tell people what the role is, what level of education they will need and what experience is preferred. Nope. It is also your chance to be crystal clear on what your company culture is like, what your values are and what personality traits would make someone a good fit. This will suit those applying too because, well, no one wants to join a company where they won’t fit in.
2. Take Advantage Of The Pros
In order to take a huge chunk of a) stress, b) time and c) hassle out of the whole process, you should try hiring an executive search firm to assist you with your hiring needs. The reason being the success of a recruitment company is built on their network of candidates. In order to be good at what they do, they need to know what a candidate’s skill levels are as well as what characteristics they possess. Tap into this by having a detailed list of what your company culture looks like (work ethic, what opportunities for advancement are available, the hours you ask for and what sort of atmosphere you’ve created) and then have them try and find a candidate that fits the bill. It will be a lot easier for them to use their resources than for you to just try your luck.
3. Get More Out Of Your Interviews
When you are holding an interview, don’t just use this as a time for them to repeat what they said in their resume. That is a waste. Instead, interact with the applicants to try and determine how they would fit in with your company’s culture. Ask them questions that will give away more detail than what you have already read. The good news is, you are the boss and that means you should know the company culture better than anyone. You don’t need to be over the top or run the risk of probing a little too deep; you just need to ask them similar questions to the one you asked yourself about the culture; you just need to ask them what their ideal company culture looks like. That is all. Then use this to see how it compares.