Has this ever happened to you? You screen a candidate. You interview them. You test their skills. You decide that they’ll be a welcome addition to your team and you hire them. But within a few weeks, or a few months, they’re not performing like they should be, or worse, they quit?
One of the most overlooked aspects of interviewing a potential hire is whether or not they’ll fit in well with your company culture. This is a big mistake, especially given the fact that more jobs require teamwork and collaboration than ever before.
Define your culture.
No matter how big or small your company is, you need to know its culture. It’s one of the guiding principles as you grow, and something you can always check in with to make sure that you haven’t lost touch. Take the time to determine what makes up your company culture, including everything from work schedules to your organizational ethics and values.
Test as part of the hiring process.
Turn to your human resources department for help. There are many different kinds of tests that can determine the personality of your candidate, which will help you better gauge their fit in your workplace. This does slow the hiring process somewhat, but if you hire the right candidate, it saves you time in the long run.
Use your current employees.
This won’t help you in an interview, but it will help you through all the steps that come before it. Your current employees are probably the people who are the most dialed into your company culture. Because of this, they understand who would fit into their workplace. Set up an employee referral program that takes advantage of this understanding, and employees who are a good fit will come to you.
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