Cultural fit is a key indicator of employee success.



Why Cultural Fit Matters When Hiring Employees

The importance of determining cultural fit has never been greater. Cultural fit is not just another buzzword. It’s a key indicator employee success. Still too many employers ignore cultural fit by continuing to focus primarily on applicants’ skills and experience. For example, have you ever hired a seemingly bright person with the perfect resume who just can’t seem to fit in and work with anyone? Chances are there were personality conflicts that clashed with your culture. Sure it may take some effort to assess personalities that fit a certain culture but, larger issues created by a broken corporate culture can bring an organization to it’s knees.

Let’s do the numbers.
A survey by Cubiks, a leading international assessments firm found:
-82% of employers say they think measuring cultural fit is important
-75% of employers say cultural fit indicates job performance “well to very well”
-Only 32% of respondents say their organization measures cultural fit during the recruitment process, but 59% of respondents have rejected candidates based on their lack of cultural fit

A healthy corporate culture is good for employees and good for business. 
A healthy corporate culture has long been associated with lots of positive outcomes. A report by Amy Kristof-Brown, a professor at the Tippie School of Management at the University of Iowa, indicates that employees who fit well with their organization
have greater job satisfaction;
identified more with their company;
were more likely to remain with their organization;
were more committed;
showed superior job performance.

Cultural Fit Isn’t Found on a Resume
This is not another blog post that is going to lead to the conclusion that resumes are dead. They aren’t. But a resume will never give you the full picture of the applicant. Resumes simply tell the applicants’ professional story. Gleaning true insights into applicants’ personalities from a resume is next to impossible and far from scientific. Employers should continue use resumes, video interviews, etc as guides to develop situational and behavioral interview questions that probe into the details of applicants’ stories. Otherwise, there are tools specifically designed to assess personality attributes to determine of an applicant is a cultural fit.

Pre hire employment assessments offer a step towards determining cultural fit. 
Pre-hire employment assessments – also known as behavioral assessments and predictive personality tests — have been around for decades. Recently, in a large part due to technological advancements that make the delivery of these pre-employment tests seamlessly integrated with applicant tracking systems, more and more employers are using assessments as a part of the recruitment lifecycle. As a recent article in the Wall Street Journal points out employers are increasingly using pre-employment and assessment tests early in the interviewing process typically during the application process as new delivery techniques allow applicants to take these assessments in just 8-10 minutes.

Assessments measure such areas as behaviors, motivation, and attitudes that assist employers with selecting applicants that have cultural relevancies that map to a specific job and to the organization at large. For example, these psychometric, tests can help a sales manager determine if an applicant shows signs of a particular sales style a given employer might prefer and assess how a candidate behaves to determine if their is a fit with the sales culture.
Rapid employee turnover rates have also motivated employers’  to embrace pre-hire assessment tests to help reduce poor hiring decisions that lead to often expensive cultural mis-matches.

Skills can be taught and sharpened. 
Cultural fit is such a huge issue nowadays for employers, and, some will argue, that it’s much more important than the skills an applicant has. The main argument here is that many skills can be taught and improved relatively easily with training. Teaching someone to fit into your culture is more work than even the best, most equipped employer can handle. Plus, look at empathetically,  if you don’t fit in at your workplace, it just doesn’t feel good to be there. If that isn’t case enough to convince you that cultural fit matters….

Take the first steps towards assessing cultural fit. 
Ready to learn more about pre-hire assessment tests and how you can start using these powerful predictive tools now? Users of Newton, the fastest growing applicant tracking system of 2015, click here to get in touch with an expert.

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