Let’s face it: the process of hiring a new team member can be as bad as dating. If you’re like most hiring managers (or most singles), you’ve had your fair share of bad choices. You know – the people who charmed you during the interview process, had all the right education and skills… but in the end, just didn’t fit, leaving you saying “It’s not you, it’s me.”
Crazy, but true: a bad hire can end up costing companies as much as $50,000 (not to mention all of the time and energy). Statistics like these are why more and more companies are interesting in learning more about how to hire for company culture fit.
When it comes to mis-hires, most employers make the same simple mistake: they focus more on qualifications rather than hiring for culture fit. In order to start hiring for culture fit, you must first become clear about the personality – the culture – of your organization.
If you think your company doesn’t really have a culture, think again – even the smallest teams have a certain culture that all future team members must fit in with.
For example, let’s say that your business operates like a family (our Nuclear Family typology) – it’s fun and collaborative, yet also very structured. Advancement is based on seniority. The fact is, no matter how fabulous the skills and background of your new hires are, if they are freedom seekers who want to live by their own rules and be treated as equals (i.e. no hierarchy), they’re probably not going to fit with your organizational culture and simply won’t thrive. In fact, we’re betting they won’t last very long in your company.
So what IS your company culture? It’s the core values, daily practices and behaviors. In other words, it’s not only the way your team works and interacts with each other; it’s also those office jokes and mid-day Starbucks runs (or lack thereof). Your goal is to recruit and hire people who mesh well with that culture.
A quick and easy way to not only learn more about your company culture, but also the type of employees you should be hiring, is by taking Good.Co’s free assessment. Not only will your company be assigned an archetype (read: personality type), but you’ll discover what personal archetypes will thrive in your organization. When it comes time to hire, applicants can take the free personal assessment, giving you insight into how good (or bad) they’ll fare in your organization.
Not only does clarity about organizational culture help you to streamline your hiring process, it will also provide a bit of transparency to potential applicants. You’ll save time, money and energy by hiring the right people so the focus can be on productivity. Your new hire will feel like they belong, will be excited to work hard for you, and pretty soon everyone will be joining hands and singing Kumbaya. In short? Hiring for the job plus organizational/corporate culture is a strategic win.