How can you determine cultural fit in an interview?

Posted by Bob Corlett on June 25, 2012

Most people are hired for skills but fired for “fit.” People who don’t “fit in” don’t last long in most organizations. While small variations in fit are usually tolerated, big variations quickly become irritations to everyone on the team.

The sum of those irritations begins to gum up the works, draining everyone’s energy and lowering team productivity. The entire team is relieved and re-energized when the misfit finally leaves. If you are the misfit — as I have been — it’s torture to be in an organization that is not in keeping with your personal values.

So what is cultural fit? Cultural fit is partly about personal values and partly about ”how we like to do things around here.” And how do you avoid hiring (or becoming) a mis-fit?

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Topics: Hiring Managers