Culture-Fit: The Importance of Culture Hiring

Employees are a business’s most valuable asset. A team’s cohesion can make or break office dynamics, team happiness, and overall productivity. Hiring based on organizational- and culture-fit ensures that you find someone who shares the same company values as your brand, meets job requirements, and meshes with your team. 

Culture-fit is a key trait to look for when recruiting and hiring any candidate. On average, turnover due to poor culture-fit can cost an organization between 50-60% of the person’s annual salary. Let’s talk about some important things to consider when hiring for culture.

Why is Culture-Fit important?

For candidates, working for a company that shares the same work-related core values increases the likelihood of having a happy and productive work-life. Employees with strong organizational-fit identify more closely with the organization, which deepens their work commitment, and increases employee engagement and motivation.

For employers, you want new hires who can integrate well into existing organizational processes and add value to your current teams. Employees with good organizational-fit also tend to stick around longer, shielding companies from high turnover. 

Don’t believe it? Here are some statistics from a study done by the Robert Walters Group

  • 73% of professionals have left a job because of poor cultural-fit.
  • 81% of hiring managers believe that candidates are less likely to leave when working for an organization where they are a good cultural-fit.
  • 90% of professionals have researched the culture of a company before accepting a role.

Hiring Based on Culture-Fit

Design your hiring process to assess how well someone will fit within your company culture. Here at Prevue, we use our Team-Fit report to discover how different personalities work together. It helps us minimize conflict, improve communication, and optimize effectiveness within your teams. 

You can also consider adding relevant interview questions to ask, such as:

  • In what type of work environment are you the most productive?
  • What was your best/worst experience working on a team?
  • Have you ever had difficulty working with a manager or other team members?

At the end of the day, you want to know two things: 1) If the candidate aligns with your company values; and, 2) Make sure the potential hire will complement your existing team. 

By assessing culture-fit throughout the hiring process, you’ll hire employees who will thrive in their new positions, drive growth for your organization, and ultimately save you time and money. After all, to make the dream work, you must first make the team work.