For decades, researchers have studied what makes one person a more successful hire in an organization than another. In 1975, researcher John Morse found that employees placed in jobs that were “congruent” with their personality reported more positive feelings associated with their job- feelings of increased job competency, higher self-esteem, and an overall feeling of enhanced well-being. It’s no surprise that decades later, the recruiting industry has embraced the concept of hiring for cultural fit.
Hiring for cultural fit means finding the right employee who fits in with the group’s shared vision, values, and work culture. This can be a difficult task for recruiters seeking to fill the position with the most talented individuals. How do recruiters determine whether the candidate would fit in with the group as a successful employee? How do they pinpoint the behaviors, attitudes, or values that may be out of sync with the team?
Increasingly, recruiters are turning to video interviews to provide the advantage in hiring for cultural fit. This impressive technology is allowing recruiters, who are already experts at reading people and analyzing their skill set, to move beyond and determine how well the candidate will fit in with the team. This has resulted in better hires overall across industries.
From the candidate perspective, cultural fit has become a key reason behind their decisions to join one organization over another. According to Tiny Pulse, employees who feel their company culture is poor are 15% more likely to start looking for another job. Additionally, employees with no access to cross- training are 10% less likely to stay at their jobs. Unfortunately, if employees leave their position, the costs to recruit, hire, and train a new employee can be outstanding. Resoomay cites these so-called bad hires produce a -298% return on investment and can cost an organization up to 50% of their annual salary in lost productivity, hiring costs, and more. This suggests that employers should be looking closer at cultural fit when hiring a new employee. It’s important to determine up front whether a candidate might potentially sink in their new position or swim to glory. Using video interviews, employers have an opportunity to more successfully hire for cultural fit. Consider the following ways you can use video interviews to hire for cultural fit:
When it comes to hiring for cultural fit, there are many ways in which employers can go wrong. Sometimes, despite best efforts, team members miss the brilliant jerk in the talent pool. However, video interviews offer many ways in which an employer can weed out candidates that won’t fit into the existing team at a fraction of the effort.