Culture Fit is the number one indicator that a new hire will be successful.
You need to arm yourself with interview questions that will reveal how a candidate will fit with their prospective manager, team and company. Download our Hire for Culture Fit Worksheet and read these three steps to ensure you get it right.
Step One: Learn the values held by the hiring manager, team and across the organization in that order.
Decades of academic studies show that a person’s core values are the predictor for how they’ll behave. So, it just makes sense that how our values overlap with others is a great way to see how we’ll fit in. The research is also clear that an employee’s relationship with their direct manager is the best predictor for how successful they’ll be in the long run. That makes a lot of sense. Your organization depends on managers to communicate with, train, reward and motivate employees on a daily basis. If that relationship breaks down you’re in trouble.
Managers can’t do it all, that’s why fit with team is next in the list. Even though everyone is part of the same organization the subculture of an engineering team is going to be different than your sales and marketing teams. That’s why it’s so important to know what makes each and every team unique. Hire a pragmatist onto a team of aggressive risk takers and you’re sure to be replacing them sooner than later. Your new hires need to get up to speed fast, and when they have questions they turn to their teammates for help.
Finally, candidates must fit the organization as a whole. Employees need to buy-in to the mission, vision and values of leadership to feel committed to their work or they’ll never stick it out for the long haul.
Step Two: Craft interview questions that probe how a candidate’s values align with the values learned in step one.
Once you know what your managers, teams and the organization values you can build a profile of the ideal candidate. Now you just have to figure out how well your candidates align with the profile. This is where your work really starts to pay off. It’s also the most difficult part of the whole process. Even if you’re an expert interrogator, clinical psychologist or you’ve conducted hundreds of interviews it’s still really hard not to just go with your gut.
Spend time writing interview questions that give you specific information about a candidate’s core values. Remember, you’re trying to figure out how this person fits the culture so you want to know how a future employee is going to behave in certain situations. Ask questions that reveal how your candidate will respond based on what you know about the manager, the team and the company.
Step Three: Hire and onboard candidates who fit
The last step to getting the right people on the bus is actually extending an offer letter. Assuming all goes well they will accept your letter and join your team. To make sure you get the most from all of your hard work, it’s important that new employees make a smooth transition onto their new team. Every organization has a unique onboarding process so if you have something that works, then stick with it! No matter what you do, make sure that new employees get more than just a tour of the facilities and a PDF version of the handbook. Be sure to include elements of culture in the onboarding process. New employees should understand the norms for rewards distribution, decision making and how your organization communicates.
Obviously this is easier said than done! That’s why we developed a worksheet to help you to Craft 6 Interview Questions for Best Culture Fit. It helps you write interview questions to help you determine a candidate’s fit when it comes to things like rewards, communication preferences, and decision-making style. Just follow the button.
Even with the worksheet it takes a lot of time and energy to collect the info you need to determine what makes a great fit. That’s why Dr. Nat packed her brain into software and founded RoundPegg. With RoundPegg you get a science backed baseline of your culture and even customized interview questions you can use to assess fit on any team! Just follow the button below to set up a call and get a free culture profile and hiring guide for your team!