Not long ago, respected blogger Tim Tyrell-Smith of Tim’s Strategy conducted a survey that found that the main concern of the interviewers was “culture fit.” Other articles on the same topic also suggest that the old-fashioned “Tell me about yourself” and “What are your main accomplishments?” Questions – even if answered well – seem to be less important than newer questions like “What movie do you have seen lately? ” or “What apps have you recently uploaded to your smartphone?” Another article compared the job interview to a first date where you are trying to find out the other person’s more general likes and dislikes rather than assessing their skills.
Years ago I attended a one-day workshop from the Disney organization. and the only sentence I remember about the company’s hiring policy was, “We hire for personality and train for skills.” It’s such a simple yet profound philosophy, and in fact, it obviously works well because Disney is one of the most admired employers.
Glassdoor, a jobs and careers website, emphasizes that a comfortable and homogeneous work environment is almost as important to employees as compensation. Sometimes I ask job seekers: what would you prefer: an unbearable and toxic boss? or $ 20,000 less and a comfortable work environment? The answer is less and less money and a great boss.
The work environment is a very important asset. And for this very reason, interviewers pay more and more attention to whether new employees fit into their organization. Unfortunately, in most cases, employees cannot change their superiors. But bosses can at least try to hire people who work well together. And how logical that is when today’s work environment is so stressful and excellent performance is expected from every employee. In addition, many corporate and departmental goals are achieved through teams these days. And when a team member is not very popular for whatever reason, the overall performance of the team suffers.
In practice the word fit-When it comes to the hiring process, includes concepts such as: Do I like you and would I like to work with you in the future? Would your future co-workers tell me how much they enjoy having you on their team, or is the opposite? Will my boss compliment me for choosing you, or will I hear negative comments about my choice?
Given the understanding of the importance of fit, how can an applicant – in the opinion of the hiring manager – tilt the pendulum favorably? First, appear personable. Next, stay away from controversy and ambiguity as much as possible. Next, actively involve the interviewer from your own perspective. In other words, do not allow yourself to be positioned as a “defendant” in an interrogation just answering questions. ask your own questions. And above all, smile. Much Smile!