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Have we been looking at ‘cultural fit’ all wrong?

“We’re looking for someone who’s a good fit for our team.” Hiring managers say this all the time. But what is fit? What does fit look like?

Most of the time — especially when we are looking to hire someone — we put a lot of emphasis on finding a candidate who will fit.

We’ve got a round hole and we go looking for a round peg. We have this sense that fit is about matching a fixed set of character traits in the candidate with the culture of our team. We ask a candidate questions and surreptitiously listen for clues in search of a match between the candidate’s personality and our culture.

What if we got this whole ‘fit’ thing backwards? In other words, what if — instead of looking for fit — you start by articulating what fit looks like and then you look for people willing and able to adapt — to ‘fit in?’







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The Evolution of a (Hiring) Decision

Many people misunderstand the nuances of the decision-making process. This is especially true when we are faced with influencing a hiring manager to make the decision to offer us a position. Yet understanding this process is crucial when trying to convince someone to make a decision in your favor. The key is to move yourself along the process one step at a time.







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