How to Interview for Cultural Fit Over Diversity

How to Interview for Cultural Fit

Smart hiring managers know how to interview for cultural fit over diversity.

Although it is important to have different behavioral styles and perspectives represented on a team or at a company to encourage diverse ways of thinking and varied approaches to problem solving, too much of a shift from the cultural norm to meet diversity targets does not create a high performance culture.

For example if the company culture appreciates a detailed approach to work, an employee who thinks in broad, idealistic terms may not feel valued or respected. If the corporate culture welcomes an entrepreneurial attitude where risk taking is accepted, too conservative an approach to developing new ideas will appear outmoded and irrelevant. Extreme cultural incompatibility in the workplace can be toxic to the individual as well as to the company.

Can you predict this cultural incompatibility before it becomes a problem?

Yes – if you know how to interview for cultural fit using proven behavior interview training techniques so your cultural fit assessment  occurs during the hiring process…before the employee comes aboard.

With the right behavior-based interviewing techniques, you as the interviewer can check for both motivation and cultural fit.

  1. First have a clear sense of the corporate culture you really work in. Not what you espouse on your website, but what is truly the norm regarding how things gets done and how people think, behave and work on a daily basis.
  2. Then test the candidate’s fit for your organizational culture by probing for how s/he has behaved, succeeded and failed in the past in areas such as customer intimacy, risk tolerance, decision making, results orientation, collaboration, autonomy and information sharing.

Past behavioral patterns are the best predictors of future behavior on the job.  to learn more about how to interview for cultural fit, download Interviewing: The Most Flawed Process in American Business

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