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How To Assess Cultural Fit When Interviewing Candidates

  • Posted 27 Mar 2023
  • Richard Holmes
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As a Hiring Manager, you must ensure that new hires fit your company culture well. Assessing cultural fit during interviews can help you identify candidates who share your company values, work well with your team, and are likely to thrive in your organisation.

Here are some tips for assessing cultural fit during interviews:

  1. Define your company culture: Before interviewing candidates, take some time to define your company culture. Think about your company's mission, values, and work style. What traits and behaviours do you value in employees? This will help you find the candidate who fits well with your team.
  2. Ask behavioural questions: Behavioral questions can help you understand how candidates approach work and interact with others. Ask questions about your company's challenges. For example, you might ask, "Tell me about a time when you had to work with a difficult colleague." How did you handle the situation?
  3. Observe body language: Pay attention to candidates' body language during the interview. Are they engaged and enthusiastic? Do they seem comfortable with the interview format? These cues can help you gauge a candidate's interest in the position and ability to fit in with your team.
  4. Use hypothetical scenarios: Hypothetical scenarios can help you understand how candidates would approach situations they might encounter on the job. For example, you might ask, "If you were in charge of organising a team-building event, how would you go about it?"
  5. Invite candidates to ask questions: Candidates who fit your company culture will likely have questions about your organisation and work style. Encourage candidates to ask questions and listen carefully to their responses. This can help you understand their values and priorities.

Remember, assessing cultural fit is not about hiring people who are exactly like you or your current employees. Instead, it's about identifying candidates who share your company's values and are likely to thrive in your organisation.


Richard Holmes is Co-Founder & Director of HPR Consulting, a leading Accounting & Finance recruitment business in Sydney, Australia.

He has been in the Executive Search & Selection Industry since 2003 and has developed a track record of recruiting senior Accounting, Finance and Commercial professionals into leading ASX-listed, private and multinational organisations. Passionate about connecting talent, he has an in-depth knowledge of the Sydney market and brings a significant amount of intellectual property to his clients and candidates.

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