4 Culture Fit Tests to Use in Your Next Interview
Interviews are a very important part of the hiring process. They give you a chance to meet your candidates and spend some time assessing culture-fit in a more genuine way.
When you invite candidates into the office, it’s important to make the most of the one-on-one time. Use these tests to assess how your top candidates will fit into the workflow that your team has already established:
1. Do they gel with the current team?
If you are holding your interviews in the office, take the opportunity to introduce candidates to your current staff and observe how they interact. This can help you assess how well a candidate will work as a member of the team before you even sit down for the interview itself. Further, let your employees weigh in on their first impressions of the candidates: could they see themselves working on long-term projects together? Did they notice any red-flags that you may have missed?
Some companies today even have interviewees spend an hour or two in the office with the team they’d be joining to get a first-hand look at the environment. If they’ve got the time, this is a great way for you, your candidate, and your current employees to establish a good connection in the workplace and ensure that a new hire could really visualize themself as a member of your team.
2. Can they think on their feet?
During the interview process, ask a few out-of-the box questions that a candidate can’t have prepared for. Aim for questions that are open-ended, and designed to judge a candidate's creativity, problem solving, and values that are apart of your culture today.
Focus on how the candidate responds to the change of pace in the interview, not necessarily the questions themselves. Are they adaptable? Are they willing to step outside the conventional interview environment? The ways they react to your questions can give you some critical insight into how they will fit into your company’s culture.
3. What is their ideal company culture?
If you’re still wondering if someone would thrive in your office environment, then ask! Find out straight from the candidates themselves where they think they thrive best. Chances are, nobody will give a spot-on answer that describes you, but pay attention to elements of their answer that show willingness to adapt to the type of culture you’ve cultivated at your company.
4. What do they think your company culture is?
Similar to asking where a candidate thinks they thrive the best, ask a candidate their opinion of your company culture. Don’t worry about if they get the answer right (although, if they do it shows that they’ve done their research). Instead, pay attention to what they list off first- these are the elements of your workplace that stick out the most to them- and move the needle strongly in either direction.