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What Every Hiring Manager Needs to Know About Culture Fit

Posted by James Patrick Kahler on October 27, 2015

There seems to be a misconception about ‘culture fit’ when it comes to hiring. We all hear the term quite frequently in the corporate world, and yet it’s still spoken of as if we all truly understand its meaning, collectively as a whole. Is that really true?


Not quite.

Not every company defines culture fit the same way, partially because there is no one way to go about identifying this kind of thing and since every business is different—both inside and out. Nevertheless, there are ways to identify this kind of 'fit' after you’ve established what is of most importance to you and your company.

Identify Your Culture Before You Hire

Culture varies in every office. For some people, it could mean living out the company’s mission statement on a daily basis. For others, it could mean enjoying an open office environment where everyone works together in groups rather than alone.

The key to setting up a workplace that is filled with like minded-employees or people who best fit your business system, is by establishing your work culture first. It’s important to keep in mind what you want your employees to be like.

Before you define what your company’s culture will be like, ask yourself these questions:

  • What are our company values?
  • What are our customs?
  • How do we conduct our work on a daily basis?
  • What’s our workplace environment like? Do we work in teams?
  • What kind of personalities do we want working in our office and in our teams?
  • What kind of career path will our customers be on if they work here?

By identifying your company’s values, customs, work environment and career path for your employees, you can gain a much better understanding of who it is you’re trying to hire for the right culture fit.

Culture Fit Questions for Candidates

Here are examples of questions you can ask job candidates to see if they are the right fit for you and your company’s culture:

  • What’s the biggest misperception people have about you?
  • Do you prefer working at your desk during lunch or working in an office with your door closed?
  • Do you respond better to assigned work/deadlines from a manager or completing your own work on your own time?
  • What are your career goals over the next five years?
  • Do you consider yourself to have good interpersonal skills?

There’s no ultimate, rule of thumb for hiring someone based on culture fit. The only correct way to do so is by identifying what works best for you and your company.

If you’re hiring someone based off of how well his or her skillset, personality and drive aligns with your vision for the success of your open position, then you’re clearly on track of hiring someone who’ll be a proper fit at your company.

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About the Author

James Patrick Kahler is Hireology’s Copywriter & Content Specialist. He is a graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University and has over four years of professional experience writing for various industries. Outside of the office (and sometimes inside), he has a passion for comedy, advertising and his Cleveland sports teams…all of them.