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Is Your Candidate a Culture Fit


What makes a candidate a great addition to your team? How can you guarantee they’ll thrive in their new role? Beyond core skill-sets, what are you looking for in your next hire?

Take a look at our 4 key questions to reveal someone’s personality and working style!


  1. What do you do in your spare time?

This is a great question to learn about your potential hire and what he/she enjoys in their off time. Look for the individuals that bring something interesting to the table. Try to find what they are passionate about. This will also help with tactics for motivation along the way if you choose to hire them.

  1. Why did you leave your last job? 

Everyone leaves a job at some point. Maybe you grew out of the role or got poached for a better opportunity. Maybe it wasn’t a good fit because it lacked mentorship or your time was spread too thin across multiple projects. Regardless of the exact circumstances of your departure, figure out a way to gain insight on your candidate. Use this opportunity to also ask them how they like to be managed.


  1. Tell me about a time you failed? 

People expect to talk their successes, strengths, and weaknesses, but talking about failures can be a curve ball. This question will help illustrate how well the individual can own up to not meeting expectations. Furthermore, this question gives you insight on how they learned from their experiences.


  1. How do you like to be managed?

This is a great question and the answer can be extremely revealing about the individuals working style. You want to know if someone is a self-starter or if they’re going to need a very “hands-on” management style.

Recruiting for culture fit decreases employee turnover and helps ensure that both the candidate and hiring company are happy with the outcome. It should come as no surprise that employees do their best work when they’re happy with their work environment.




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