Should Candidates Worry About Being A Good Culture Fit?

What is Culture Fit in Staffing?

Whether or not hiring for culture fit is good practice is open for debate. Nevertheless, when hiring people, some managers assess individuals suitability for a role based on whether they are a good fit for their workplace culture.

A member of HR within an interview panel to ensure no discrimination takes place
It may be intimidating being interviewed by a panel, but a HR presence ensures no discrimination takes place.

Reasons a Company’s Culture Might Not Be Right For You

Regardless of what an employer thinks of you, you must consider whether their corporate culture fits you. For example, let’s say you’re someone who likes to keep their head down and concentrate on work. If so, you might not enjoy working in a lively IT sales environment.

Why You Shouldn’t Worry About Culture Fit

It’s tough to be told by an employer you want to work for that you won’t fit in, but let’s consider the alternative for a moment. Let’s say you want to work for a particular company because they pay higher than average salaries. However, you can tell from their website that to work there would require pushing yourself way beyond your comfort zone.

How to Assess Whether an Organisation’s Culture Fits You

Before entering any job interview room, you must do your research. A look at the company’s website will only tell you what they want you to know about them. Therefore, you should also look at their social media feeds and read other employee reviews on Glassdoor.

Can this blue chick be a good culture fit among its yellow team mates?
One of these chicks is not like the other ones but does that mean it’s a bad culture fit? Or might it bring a new dynamic to the team through diversity?

How to Give the Impression You’ll Fit

You never know when you meet anyone for the first time whether or not you will get along. The same is true when meeting any new employer. However, there are certain soft skills or character traits that every hiring manager loves and which good culture fit people possess. They are:

  • A keenness for learning and developing your skills
  • Teamworking skills
  • Communication skills
  • Creative thinking and problem solving

A Few Final Thoughts on Culture Fit

If an employer doesn’t progress your job application for cultural reasons, maybe you should consider it a blessing. This advice may sound harsh, but not receiving an offer from a discriminatory manager will probably be preferable to working with them. Just imagine the daily friction and stress you would have to endure working with people you don’t get along with.

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Rachael. Adria Solutions

Rachael. Adria Solutions

Hi there! I’m Rachael, Marketing Manager at Adria Solutions Ltd. Read more about me here: https://www.adriasolutions.co.uk/blog