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What you need to know about 'Cultural Fit' in the workplace

  • May 19, 2016


The Alexander Lloyd Pensions & Benefits division experienced a very busy Q1, and the good news is that it is set to continue throughout Q2.

As a number of our clients continue to expand, we have noticed a big focus and growing trend towards recruiting for ‘cultural fit’.

Cultural fit is becoming a top priority, particularly for the larger companies.

Today’s employers no longer settle for employees with good technical skills, they want employees who fit in with the social and cultural atmosphere of the business.


But what exactly is cultural fit?

It is the glue that holds an organisation together. It is the compatibility between an individual employee’s traits, work style, beliefs and attitudes, and the organisation culture.

Whilst a candidate’s skills gap can be filled with training, a lack of cultural fit may quickly lead to job dissatisfaction, poor productivity and excessive absences.

The focus moves more to soft skills and personal goals, and is usually assessed during the interview phase of the hiring process.


How does this drive for cultural fit benefit you as the employee?

• Greater job satisfaction, which means you are likely to stay with an organisation for longer

• Understand and adapt to the company culture much faster

• Enhance your team dynamics – strong teams that share the same values as those of the company

• Enhance your productivity and performance

• Improve your self esteem and feel more able to do your job

• Create a positive feeling about the company  and reduce stress levels


Cultural Fit: What questions may you expect in an interview?

• What type of work culture do you thrive in?

• Why do you want to work here?

• Place in order of importance – what motivates you     more: money, recognition, workplace, promotional opportunities and challenge

• Describe our culture based on what you’ve seen

• What does teamwork mean to you?

• Do you prefer working alone or as a team?

• What were the most positive aspects of your last job?

• How would your co-workers describe you?