Are You Interviewing For Culture Fit?

When I talk to employees about creating interview questions I’m always surprised at how many of them shy away from asking culture fit and personality types of questions. They either worry that they’re going to inadvertently ask an illegal question or they feel like it’s just not appropriate to dig into someones values and personality in an interview.

If your employees are not asking value, culture, and fit questions in an interview then you’re missing out on a huge opportunity to ensure you’re hiring the right employees for your organization. This is, of course, only true if your company knows its values, culture, etc. 

There are two ways to dig into the culture/values aspect of an interview. You can have each employee trained and educated on crafting and asking questions to find out how well candidates match up with your organizations culture or you can have a specific person doing a ‘fit’ interview. This is typically your culture maven or HR person but it can be someone else within your organization as well.

Does your organization interview for culture and fit? If you don’t, why not?

Marisa is an HR consultant, leadership coach, and trainer all things Culture and Engagement.  She has helped develop the HR policies and procedures as well as lead the culture and engagement initiatives at two nationally recognized great places to work; Rackspace as Culture Maven and Modea as Talent Manger. Today Marisa consults, coaches, and leads seminars for organizations looking to increase productivity by focusing on management training and employee engagement.

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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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One Response to Are You Interviewing For Culture Fit?

  1. Great post Marisa. Sourcing, Interviewing, and hiring for Culture has been on my mind. I am experimenting with social media monitoring tools to “listen” for culture traits of potential candidates. cheers

    @recruiterlarry

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