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Finding the Right People to Match Your Culture: A Guide to Successful Hiring

By: Gail Paul

~ 4 minute read

Ever wondered why some hires, despite ticking all the skill boxes, still feel like a square peg in a round hole? You get it. Finding the right people who not only meet the skills requirements but also align with your company’s culture has become an intricate dance. Hiring is more than just filling a role; it’s about building a cohesive team that shares the same values and vision and will grow with your organization. Why? A strong company culture can increase revenue by 400%, there, we said it. This blog post explores the crucial aspects from a recent webinar of hiring for both behavioral job fit and culture fit, offering insights and strategies to navigate this challenging terrain.

The Talent Crunch and the Quest for the Perfect Fit

The talent shortage has put immense pressure on organizational leaders and HR professionals to make swift and effective hiring decisions. Yet, the cost of a bad hire is not only expensive, ($15,000, on average)—it can disrupt team dynamics and affect overall organizational culture. Not to mention, 92% of employees say that workplace culture impacts the answer to the question “should I stay or should I go now?” Building a workplace where employees thrive requires a shared understanding of and commitment to the company’s values.

Enter behavioral job fit and culture fit. Behavioral job fit assesses how well a candidate’s natural tendencies align with the requirements of the role. On the other hand, culture fit examines whether a candidate’s values, beliefs, and behaviors harmonize with those of the organization. Striking a balance between the two is the key to assembling a high-performing team that propels your company toward success.

Mastering Job Fit Interviews with Predictive Index Tools

Navigating the sea of candidates demands a structured approach, and tools like the Predictive Index Behavioral Assessment, Predictive Index Cognitive Assessment, and Predictive Index Interview Guide can be your compass. The Behavioral AssessmentTM unveils a candidate’s natural workplace behaviors, helping you gauge if they’re a natural fit for the role. (Remember the square peg, round hole? This is how you avoid that.) The Cognitive Assessment, meanwhile, provides insights into a candidate’s learning agility and problem-solving skills, critical elements for success in dynamic work environments. When you have data on these two pieces of the puzzle (behaviors and cognitive), you can map a candidate’s strengths and potential to the behaviors and cognitive required for your open roles. 

Once you have a good match, it’s time for the interview. The Predictive Index Interview Guide provides questions for the hiring manager to further explore behavioral fit through a discussion with the candidate. Conducting structured interviews, based on the Predictive Index Interview Guide, ensures consistency and fairness in the evaluation process. The benefits of this approach are that you can dig into the candidate’s actual behaviors and lessons learned, which is also a great way to discover their values.

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Whether interviewing in-person or virtually, asking the right questions can uncover if a candidate is a good fit for your culture.

Nailing Culture Fit Interviews with Behavioral Questions

Determining culture fit is a nuanced process that involves probing deeper into a candidate’s values, communication style, and work preferences. No need to follow your candidate to their car to gain insights, you can ask behavioral interview questions, instead. Rather than asking hypothetical questions, behavioral interview questions delve into a candidate’s past experiences. For instance, if one of your company’s values is “Collaboration,” ask the candidate to share a specific situation where their collaborative efforts led to a successful outcome.

A Behavioral Interview follows this structure: 

  1. Ask a question about a candidate’s situation or past experience.
  2. Listen for specific examples, their behaviors, actions taken, and the results achieved.
  3. Ask follow-up questions such as “How did that go?”, “What were you thinking about when you took that action?”, “What led you to make that decision?” or “Were you satisfied with the result?”
  4. Listen for descriptions of your values during the candidate’s response.

Listening for key words and values in a candidate’s response is crucial. A candidate who seamlessly integrates your company’s values into their narrative is likely to be a good cultural fit. If, for instance, “Innovation” is a core value, a candidate expressing enthusiasm for experimenting with new ideas and learning from failures might be the innovation catalyst your team needs. If your candidate shares that they prefer “tried and true methods” and their motto is “don’t fix what ain’t broke”, you may want to start seeing other people.

Balancing Diversity Within Cultural Alignment

While cultural fit is essential, diversity within that alignment is equally crucial. Embracing people with diverse natural behaviors ensures a rich tapestry of skills, perspectives, and approaches within your team. For example, one of the core values at MindWire is “Joyful.” An extroverted individual might express this value through lively team collaborations (think, bursting into song), while an introverted colleague may find joy in focused, thoughtful contributions (think, laughing on the inside). Joy can be both loudly or quietly expressed. Both methods can shape your culture, equally.

Understanding that the demonstration of values can vary across personalities allows you to appreciate the unique contributions each team member brings (and avoid hiring a bunch of clones). In turn, leveraging unique strengths will help you build a strong culture. Balancing diverse teams within the cultural framework amplifies creativity, innovation, and adaptability.

Building a Future-Ready Team

In the quest to find the right people for your culture, the journey is as important as the destination. Assemble a team where individuals not only share your company’s values but also bring diverse perspectives to the table. The Predictive Index tools serve as reliable guides, enabling you to make informed decisions about both job fit and culture fit.

Remember, every interaction is an opportunity to strengthen your team. Cultivate a workplace where each member contributes to a harmonious and productive environment. By prioritizing both behavioral job fit and culture fit, you’re not just filling roles; you’re sculpting a future-ready team poised for success in the dynamic landscapes of tomorrow. Take these insights, incorporate them into your hiring strategy, and witness the transformative power of a well-matched team.

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Gail Paul

Data-loving Vulcan who specializes in human capital strategies. When not exploring the data universe, she's a flute-playing nature enthusiast, relaxing in her Arizona yurt and living the Spockian life.