Why “Culture Fit” Doesn’t Work

November / 2020

What does ‘Culture Fit’ mean to you and your organization?

Way too often we see organizations confuse ‘culture fit’ with likeability and/or ‘does this person think like us?’ Two bad criteria that will steer you and your organization in the wrong direction and result in ineffective hires. You want people who don’t think like you. People that will give you an opposing point of view. You don’t hire people based on likeability. You don’t have to hang out with your colleagues outside of work hours. If you are truly a professional, you are able to work with other high-performer in pursuit of a common goal, regardless if you like each other or not.

Culture Fit is about ‘shared’ values. Do this person’s ethics and values align with our organization? Do they have ‘shared’ beliefs?