Hire For Fit. Fire For Fit

My first big, fat, corporate slap on the wrist happened when I was leading an interview training program that involved a section on hiring for ‘fit’.

As a company we had core values and we knew what kind of employee it would take to live up to those values. Yet our lawyers threw a big old hissy fit when we talked about the possibility of rejecting a candidate because they didn’t line up with those values (aka. didn’t ‘fit’).

Years later, it’s becoming all the buzz to hire for ‘fit’. You know why? Because when you hire people who believe in your mission, your core values, and the way you’ve chosen to run your business they’re more likely to be successful, passionate, dedicated employees.

Like Marcus Erb states in this post, the leaders of the best companies to work for in the U.S…

“…make the hiring and interview process as much about the match between the organization’s culture and a candidate’s personality, as about finding the right technical skills and experience for a position. Driven by recruiting philosophies like “hire for attitude, train for skill” and “hire our type of people”, the best workplaces invest in extended interview processes, personality assessments, and internal trainings to ensure candidates are given a clear view of the culture and are thoroughly vetted on how they would fit in.”

Just as I said to the corporate lawyers years ago, as a leader you’re foolish if you’re not hiring and fire based on ‘fit’.

Is it just me or are more companies open to this idea?

About Marisa

Marisa Keegan is a leadership coach, trainer, and HR consultant for quickly growing organizations who are passionate about strengthening their employees, their brand, and their culture. She has helped lead the HR, culture, and engagement initiatives at two nationally recognized great places to work; Rackspace as Culture Maven and Modea as Talent Manger. She is an author at Fistful of Talent and Culture Fanatics. Marisa has her Masters in Industrial Organizational Psychology and currently lives with her husband and twin boys in Richmond, Virginia.
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