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How Important is Corporate Culture When Evaluating a Candidate?

If you want to lower your turnover rates and ensure that the candidates you hire are the perfect fit for your organization, it is vital to take some time to compare your current corporate culture to their unique personalities. Taking the time to seriously look at how employee personalities integrate with your organization will ensure that you find the right candidate and will help reduce workplace friction.

One of the most common reasons why employees do not integrate well into a new workplace is simply because there is a personality clash. A new hire that doesn’t “fit in” is going to feel ostracized and they won’t be able to be as productive because of this. Corporate culture matters, and working with the grain is certainly a lot more harmonious than attempting to integrate new hires who do not fit in with your culture.

Every company is going to have a different culture and if you don’t spend a lot of time in the midst of your workforce, you may be missing out on how all of these personality types integrate into a whole. Discuss the climate of your workforce with your managers to get a better idea of how everyone works together and what type of personality types are going to be the best fit for your organization’s unique culture.

For example, if you have a very laid back corporate culture, you’re going to want to look for candidates that mirror these personality traits. Hiring a very driven, type-A personality would definitely not work for this specific type of environment. This can lead to issues for hiring managers. Traditionally, when screening candidates, you would look for the person who is first most qualified and second, displays the qualities of self-motivation and drive. However, if your workforce culture is more laid back, having that driven personality type is definitely going to create problems. In this instance, you would look for the candidate who still is able to self-motivate, but goes about it more subtly.

Conversely, if you have a very fast paced corporate culture that is demanding, you’re not going to want an employee who is laid back and methodical. By taking the time to match the personality traits of your current workforce to your incoming new-hires, you will find that not only is everyone happier, but they will also be more productive and less likely to leave the company.

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