How to Know if a Candidate is a Good Cultural Fit

When you’re hiring for your company, it’s important to look beyond skills. It’s also critical to check each candidate for cultural fit. This means that a new hire will be able to work alongside their peers and under company leadership in a positive and productive way. To help you find a new employee that’s a good cultural fit, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

How Can You Tell If a Candidate Would Fit Your Company Culture?

Take culture into account from the start.

Before you even post the position, the company culture should be a part of the job description. This way, candidates who are naturally a good fit will apply, and those who aren’t will be deterred. Talk about perks, what a day in the life of an employee is like, values and mission, and other key areas. This will also give you the opportunity to define the company culture and think about how you’ll assess each candidate for it.

Read the candidate’s resume before the interview.

Don’t go in cold, not sure who you’re interviewing next. Read through each candidate’s resume right before their interview and check their LinkedIn profile. This will give you a sense of their background, experience and why they’d be a good fit. It can also inspire you to ask certain questions to dive deeper into their personality and help you evaluate cultural fit. Be sure to also ask about past places they’ve worked and the kind of company where they are most successful.

Prepare a list of questions.

In addition, ask questions that help further get behind the candidate’s mask. Some examples include:

  • Do you have any hobbies or interests?
  • What motivated you to get into this line of work?
  • Is there a certain kind of leadership style you prefer to work under?
  • Describe your ideal work environment.

Ask behavior-based questions.

Another way to assess their personality and whether they’re the right fit culturally is with behavior-based questions. This asks candidates to provide an example of how they dealt with a challenge or achieved a certain goal.

For instance, some behavior-based questions that can help you evaluate for culture include, “Tell me about a time you had to overcome a challenge on a project,” or “Have you ever had to collaborate closely with someone you didn’t get along with?”

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