Hiring For the Right Client
Employees are what makes a company. Finding employees that fit your company culture is vital.
Forbes reported 2 million Americans quit their jobs every month due to workplace culture. On the other side of the coin, according to research, people who integrate well into their companies have higher job satisfaction and performance, and are more likely to stay within the organization for a longer period of time. Employees who are a good fit are also less likely to be stressed.
A negative workplace culture can be detrimental, but a positive workplace culture can sustain your business. Here are some tips to ensure your company hires the best fit every time.
Determine company values
It can be hard to decipher what type of employees would mesh with the company culture without diving within first.
The first step in the hiring process should be determining the company values. A great place to start is your company mission statement. For example, here at A-Star Staffing, our company values are professional growth, success, attention to detail, and going the extra mile to understand the cultures, goals, challenges and opportunities.
Once your company values are set, communicate them. Your staff should be aware of them, as well as potential future employees starting the application process. Setting these early on will ensure a strong company culture.
Ask value-centric questions in the interview
The interviewee will be prepared to discuss their experience and skills in an interview, but this information is all on their resume. Make sure to ask questions that dive deeper into who they are as an employee.
- What do you value in a workplace?
- What role do you take on in a team?
- Can you describe an instance you went out of your way to assist a coworker?
Additionally, an interview should be a two-way street. The interviewer should be anticipating answering just as many questions as the interviewee. Interviews should clearly define the company’s values and culture. Clarify the company’s expectations, work-life balance and anything else that is specific to the workplace.
Make sure an applicant will fit with the team
In order to make an interview be a true test of cultural fit, have the interviewee meet with team members they will be working with. These are the people they will be collaborating with on a daily basis, so you’ll want to ensure they mesh well.
Prioritize fit over skills
That applicant with a resume full of experience can be enticing in the hiring process. Just because an applicant has above and beyond work experience doesn’t mean they will fit in best with your team.
No matter what a new employee’s skill level is, they still have to go through training. Skills can be teachable, whereas fit cannot.