Hiring for Culture Fit: What You Need to Know

With over 40% of hiring managers choosing CULTURE FIT over SKILLS when determining who gets the job, knowing how to play to this side of things is key. Here are some tips!

Here are some frequently asked employer questions on culture fit (according to a recent HBR article):

•    What type of culture do you thrive in? (Does the response reflect your organizational culture?)
•    What values are you drawn to and what’s your ideal workplace?

•    Why do you want to work here?

•    How would you describe our culture based on what you’ve seen? Is this something that works for you?

•    What best practices would you bring with you from another organization? Do you see yourself being able to implement these best practices in our environment?

•    Tell me about a time when you worked with/for an organization where you felt you were not a strong culture fit. Why was it a bad fit?

 

 

What’s Your Why?

WHAT’S YOUR “WHY?” KEY CAREER QUESTIONS TO ASK:

CORE STRENGTH QUESTION:

Ask yourself: “AM I PRIMARILY…”

a) THE TALENT

b) MANAGER/LEADER

c) ENTREPRENEUR

Your answer is your CORE STRENGTH.

Now, what would be a path that would allow you to start dipping into one or both of the other areas? This should inform your career direction.

ROOT MOTIVATION QUESTIONS

  1. Think of a time when you were performing at your best. What were you doing? What were you saying, thinking and feeling? What was going on around you?
  2. List the top ten things in life that give you joy. What common themes do you notice?
  3. What are three accomplishments you are most proud of? What are your natural strengths that you love to use?
  4. Think about times that you have gotten angry/upset/irritated. What core personal value(s) were not being met?
  5. Who is the one person you admire the most? What would that person advise you to do?
  6. What do you dislike the most about your current or past work?
  7. What would happen in your career if we doubled your self-belief? What if we quadrupled it?

DAILY LIFE CHECK-IN QUESTIONS:

  1. What am I consuming? Reading, listening, watching. How much of it is actively helping me GROW?
  2. Who do I spend time with? Assess the 5 people you interact with most frequently professionally. Are they people to aspire to, or people who are holding you back?
  3. Who are my role models? Am I directly interacting with them, following them on social media, taking their courses? How am I “drifting” behind those who have already succeeded at what I wish to do?

CAREER DEVELOPMENT PLAN QUESTIONS:

  1. What do you want to achieve with your career?
  2. How much time are you prepared to spend on your career?
  3.  What skills do you need to develop?
  4. What resources will you need?
  5. Where can you get support or advice?
  6. What type of person do you need to be?
  7. What is your motivation?

10 Toxic Interview Questions to Avoid at All Costs!

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We all have pet peeves, little things that get under our skin and make it harder to move forward. For hiring managers, these 10 questions are considered major turn-offs. With a little prep on your part beforehand, you can avoid these “interview killers” and stay on-track to landing that new job:

1) Don’t ask for information you could have easily found with a quick online (Google, Linkedin, Company Website) search. The stronger your knowledge, the clearer the signal it sends that you want a position with THIS company.

2) Don’t ask if you can change the job details, the schedule, or the salary. You need to prove 100% fit with the role first, negotiate salary only once an offer’s on the table, and work out scheduling specifics once you actually have the job! Don’t get the order confused.

3) Don’t ask too many questions about the interviewer’s background. Some initial questions about the work they do and their experience at the company is fine, then move on.

4) Don’t ask about pay, time off, benefits, etc. during the initial interview. This can make you come across as a “WIIFM” (“What’s in it for me?”) candidate.

5) Don’t ask “What does your company do?” YOU SHOULD ALREADY KNOW THIS!

6) Don’t ask “If I’m hired, when can I start applying for other positions in the company?”

7) Don’t ask how quickly you can be promoted. Again, this is putting the cart before the horse. Succeed at the job first before entertaining thoughts of promotion.

8) Don’t ask “Do you do background checks?” Assume they will.

9) Don’t ask about gossip you’ve heard or come across online.

10) Don’t ask if the company monitors e-mail or Internet usage.