Filling open positions on your team is hard work. Finding the right skills fit is challenging enough, but many managers don’t realize cultural fit is even more important.
As a leading Las Vegas temp agency, PrideStaff Las Vegas knows skills can be acquired, but changing a candidate’s personality is nearly impossible. Making cultural fit a key part of your interview process is a must. Find out how to do it right.
Four Ways to Screen for Cultural Fit
Ask Behavioral Interview Questions
Right now, many of your interview questions can probably be answered with a ‘yes’ or a ‘no.’ While an adequate way to find out if a candidate has certain skills and experience, this method doesn’t offer a glimpse at their personality.
In contrast, behavioral interview questions allow you to assess the person’s disposition. Questions like ‘Tell me about a time you clashed with a team member’ and ‘Describe your preferred management style’ work in conjunction with those ‘yes’ or ‘no’ skills-based questions to help you find a candidate who is an all-around fit.
Make It a Team Effort
Your employees will have to work alongside the person you hire, so it’s only fair to include them in the interview process. This is a fantastic way to gauge the candidate’s cultural fit, because you can see how they interact with the team. You’ll also get valuable feedback from each of your employees that will help you choose the right person for the job.
Create an Immersive Experience
If possible, invite top contenders to spend a day — or part of a day — doing the job at your company. This will give you a preview of what to expect if they’re hired, and will also help the person decide if your company is the right place for them.
Often viewed as a formality, checking references can be monumentally helpful when screening for cultural fit. A candidate’s former manager, colleague, client or professor really knows their personality, so they can help you decide if your company is the right place for them. Just as you did during the interview, ask behavioral questions to learn as much as possible about the candidate’s disposition.
Find the Right Fit
Choosing a candidate who perfectly blends with your company culture can be a challenge, but you don’t have to steer your search alone. PrideStaff Las Vegas is here to help you hire right every time. Contact us today to launch a partnership!