Is this applicant a good fit for our organisation?
This is a question which must be asked in the hiring process, as failure to do so may potentially result in making the wrong decision.
All organisations possess a culture, consisting of values and beliefs. This culture is established by leaders and reinforced through organisational functions; creating employee behaviors, perceptions and understanding. How an applicant fits into your organisation requires you to assess how well the applicant’s personality, value and beliefs align with the organisation’s. Selecting an applicant that is not the right fit for your organization can lead to decreased employee engagement and low productivity.
A recent Australian study found that half of all Australians value meaningful relationships with colleagues over a pay rise. Accordingly, establishing that a potential candidate will fit into an organisation well, is imperative for both your existing employees and your new hire.
Here are some guidelines to keep in mind during the interview process:
- Company Culture: Have a complete understanding of the details of your company culture. Consider organisational values and mission statement and analyze the applicant with this in mind.
- Employee Comparison: Compare the applicant with successful employees within your organisation. Think of your top performers and what makes them succeed.
- Applicant’s Personality: Is the applicant open, candid and friendly? Ask them questions about their personal life, such as hobbies and interests.
- Involve Other Employees: If one interviewer gets along with an applicant, that does not necessarily mean they are the right fit. It’s important to involve other employees during the recruitment process to assess if they match with the organisation.
In addition to these guidelines, various questions may be asked to the applicant.
What are your goals and passions?
This may be asked to better understand the applicant’s values and mission, and see how it aligns with the company’s and other employees.
What do you know about our company culture?
This will demonstrate whether the candidate has done research into your organization, and can lead to follow-up questions such:
Do you believe this is an environment in which you can succeed?
Do you have any concerns regarding the culture based on your research?