As an increasing number of companies are
focusing on personality traits and potential cultural fit when hiring. Focusing
on finding a personality fit is beneficial to both employer and potential
employee. Who are these potential hires behind all these achievements,
promises, and great track record that they have on paper?
The business world is changing to flatter
organizations, more team and project work, and increasingly collaborative work
environments, finding people who get along with others and fit
into corporate culture are essential to success.
Hiring managers are therefore starting to
use personality questions more and more to go beyond the resume and find the
better fit candidates for their organization. Here are some tips on how to
determine whether or not a candidate fits your culture.
Understand and know your own culture
Many factors make up the corporate culture. Some of
those are as basic as work schedules and travel demands, but perhaps more
significant are the ethics and values the organization believes in, the style
of everyday management, and how communication takes place.
Take the time to understand what the
ingredients are of your true culture
and then you will be able to assess candidates with far greater success.
Potential plays a key role
Nothing is more important in a new hire than personality.
While having the right skill set may seem essential, the fact is, skills can be
acquired. Personalities cannot.
These days social intelligence is key in
any company, most employees will need to work with others and it’s important to
select people that will be able to help the team success and be more
Realistic job expectations
If you want to make the right decision when hiring
a new employee it’s key to be upfront about not only the job description but
also give them a realistic
preview of how it is to work for your company.
Gaining this accurate perspective on the
job's true demands provides the best chance for both sides to determine fit
before a commitment is made.
If you are looking to hire job applicant who, in
addition to the required job skills and qualifications, exhibits the best fit
within your organization you need to also adapt your
interview process to be able to assess that. The most successful hires fit
both the job and your workplace culture. One way to evaluate this is to have
candidates interact with not only the people they will report to, but people
who will be their peers, and the people who will report 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.
If you need help with this process, we can
assist. Communicate Recruitment is a specialist recruitment agency, with the
very best recruiters. We specialise in the sourcing of top candidates in the
Finance, IT, Engineering and Supply Chain/Freight industries, both for
permanent and contracting placements throughout South Africa, and the African
continent. Contact us today.
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