The cultural fit is one of the most important things to consider when we are placing a new candidate. There is a multitude of aspects that all work together in order to determine what the culture of a company is. It is significantly influenced by the company’s founder and executives and their role in decision-making and direction. What does their overall vision for the company look like? Is it something you can get behind?
So, cultural fit is the ability of an employee to comfortably work in an environment that is aligned with his own beliefs, values, and needs. The challenge for employers is to hire employees that will fit their work culture. The challenge for the hiree is to find a company they feel motivated to support, that aligns with their values.
The interview process is the first step in determining cultural fit. It’s not just about meeting the minimum technical requirements for the job. You’ll need to also effectively fit in with those around you, and contribute to the overall company vision. We see it all the time, the sides may underestimate this factor, only to regret it down the road when things just aren’t working out. During an interview, it’s important to remember that the interviewee is examining you for that cultural fit. Likewise, you should be doing the same exact thing.
Cultural fit goes both ways. When matched correctly, you are an asset that strengthens your team and company as a whole. On the other side of that, if it’s not a good fit, chances are you won’t stay long, which is not only frustrating for you as the employee but resets the entire hiring process over again. Allotting time and energy to ensure everyone lines up culturally is crucial for success across the board.
Finding the best cultural fit will ensure less of a turnover rate within the company, helps build strong teams, and it will assist you in setting long-term career goals. At NTG Staffing, culture is one of our top priorities in the matching process. Let us analyze your potential employers as well as yourself to make the perfect (or as close to perfect as possible!) match.