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August 9, 2021 Category: Jobs (2 minutes read)

How to Determine If a Candidate is a Cultural Fit

How to Determine If a Candidate is a Cultural Fit

Every company has a different culture and finding employees who fit in with your organization’s personality, culture and values can be a challenging task for recruiters.

Candidates might be able to prove if they possess the right hard skills required for the job role during an interview process, but how can you be sure if they are a right cultural fit as well?

According to the Gallup Poll, out of 150,000 workers, 70% felt disengaged at work or hated their job, and one of the main reasons for this was ‘poor cultural fit.’

Companies that don’t consider cultural fit as an important factor during recruitment might notice a lot of resignations and terminations within the first few months of hiring. So here are some tips that will help you assess if a candidate is a cultural fit for your company.

Identify Your Organizational Culture

The first step to finding a candidate’s potential fit is, identifying your company’s culture. What are the values of your organization? How would you describe the culture in a few concise sentences?

Get to know the personalities and beliefs of people who have been both successful and unsuccessful in the position you’re hiring for. This will help you assess whether a potential candidate would be right your company’s culture.

Ask the Right Questions During Interview

There are many questions you can ask during an interview process that will help you decide whether a candidate will fit or not. Some of these questions include:

  • How will you describe your ideal work environment?
  • What characteristics and personality do you think a great boss/manager should possess?
  • How will you describe a work environment that would make you unhappy?
  • What is your preferred work style?
  • How would your colleagues describe your work style?

Compare the answers to these questions with your company’s work environment and culture to see if hiring a particular candidate would be the right choice or not.


Conduct a research on the potential candidate. Review their social media accounts to check their behavior outside the professional work environment.

If you find any inappropriate Tweets, posts or pictures on their accounts, it means the candidate doesn’t have a problem with inappropriate behavior on the internet and might damage your company’s reputation as well.

Involve Your Current Employees

During the interview process, bring in current employees who have successfully adapted to the company’s culture. Your employees’ opinion can prove to be extremely valuable in assessing if the potential candidate is the right cultural fit.

 Diligently analyzing a candidate during the recruitment process is integral in assessing if they are a cultural fit with your organization. Even if you find your dream candidate—with the exact experience and qualifications required for the position—hiring an employee who doesn’t fit with your company’s culture will cost you in the long run.

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