When following a standard hiring process, you first and foremost make sure candidates have the required skills, experience and education for the role. But after you find a few people who fit the bill, you should then consider if they’ll gel with their team members and the company as a whole. Every interviewer needs to answer the question, “Is the candidate a good culture fit?”
A lot of times that can be a difficult question to answer. Some companies ask hiring team members to consider if they would want to hang out with the candidate outside of work but those responses can have more to do with personal preference than company culture.
Most companies have an established culture that is defined by a series of core values. Interviewers and hiring managers should keep those values in mind when speaking with candidates and ask specific questions related to each one.
In this blog post, we’ve listed common company values and a series of related culture-fit interview questions hiring team members can ask.
Most companies know success depends on everyone coming together and supporting each other. These questions can help you determine if the candidate is a good team player:
You should always strive to hire people who will give their all every workday. Asking the culture fit interview questions below can help you learn how motivated the candidate is to do great work for your company:
A positive work environment is made up of people who are kind and considerate of other’s thoughts and feelings. This is especially important for customer-facing roles. Here are a few questions that can help you gauge if the candidate is a good match from an emotional intelligence perspective:
Taking ownership and admitting to mistakes is a trait of great employees and a cornerstone of great workplace culture. Below are some questions that can help you get a sense of the candidate’s honesty and integrity:
An outstanding company culture is made up of people who truly love what they do. Bringing these questions into the interview room will let you know how passionate the candidate is about the role:
Following a typical interview process will only help you learn so much about a candidate. If your company lives by these core values or similar variations, ask smart interview questions related to each one. You’ll learn more about the candidate and get a solid idea if they really are “a good culture fit.”
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