How to Hire for Cultural Fit During the Holidays
Hiring managers are besieged with the same message over and over again in the 21st century workplace: Attitude matters more than aptitude. In other words, cultural fit can be a strong determinant of candidate success, sometimes even stronger than skill sets or experience. So it’s a good idea to hire candidates who fit in, not just candidates who can do the job. But knowing something needs to be done and knowing how to do it are two different challenges, so with that in mind, here are a few simple cultural hiring tips.
1. Know your company culture. Before you decide that a given candidate is or isn’t a match, you’ll need to perform an honest assessment of your existing workplace. Don’t delude yourself, and don’t decide that your office is populated with collaborative innovators when it’s actually staffed with rigid, ambitious loners. Take a close look at your existing teams and view a given candidate through their eyes. Will they like and respect him, or not?
2. Know the signs of a strong match before your interview process begins. What does a high aptitude candidate look like? What does his resume look like? What does he sound like when he talks? What are his interests and how do these interests mesh with those of your existing teams? Don’t just assume you’ll recognize these traits when you see them.
3. Don’t confuse cultural matching with foolish bias. Keep your teams diverse in terms of race, gender, age, background, and ethnicity. But across these lines, find candidates who have similar feelings about the industry, a similar work ethic, and a similar approach to teamwork, communication, and idea sharing.
4. Target your post to a specific audience. If you have an ideal candidate in mind, publish your post in a place where you know your candidate will be looking for work. Don’t just rely on huge national online job boards. Reach out to experienced staffing firms, niche industry groups, and blogs and websites with a highly targeted appeal. Of course, you’ll also want to tap into your social network, which will start with the friends and family of your existing employers. Offer referral incentives for successful hires.
For more on how to hire for attitude, not just aptitude, contact the Seattle staffing and business management experts at Pace. If you are looking for temp agencies in Tacoma Washington, contact us today.