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Skills vs. Cultural Fit

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Recruiting Strategies to Hire the Best Candidate

  • Format: Self-paced
  • Course Duration: 1 hr 6 mins
  • SHRM Professional Development Credits: 1.0
  • HRCI General Recertification Credits: 1.0
  • Certificate of Completion (after passing quiz)

Recruiting in today’s fast paced, global economy is not the same as it was even five years ago. With constant competition, identifying the right candidate is far more difficult than writing up an ad based on a job description and hiring someone that has most of those skills. And research has shown the high costs of filling a position as well as leaving it open. Developing a clear, deliberate strategy to hire the best candidate instead of “a candidate” has become increasingly important.

In this course, we’ll review best practices in acquiring talent without wasting resources. We’ll focus on what it means to hire for cultural fit and discuss the interview process. Building a strategy to maximize a return on recruiting investments is imperative. Educate and guide your management team by learning how to hire the best and save your organization a great deal of time and money.

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Title: Skills vs. Cultural Fit
Module: Summary
Duration: 2:20

We discussed how you always want to hire candidates that have both the skills and cultural fit for your organization. The skills section is usually a bit easier, as they can be gleaned from the resume and cover letter. These tell you just that someone accomplished things and had the skills to do so. GreatT So now you say, “that should help us when we are looking for someone to do the same things for us, right?” Well, the answer may be yes or no. Of course, your candidate needs to have basic skills for the job, but if they are not a good cultural fit for the overall organization, they will feel just like that brown shoe with the black tuxedo, and be very uncomfortable.

If someone is uncomfortable with their working environment, they will not be successful. I will state that again because it is just a fact. If the person is not comfortable in the organization, they will not be successful. They may have all of the skills, but skills only give you the tools to know how to do a job from a technical standpoint, they do not give you a blueprint on how to make decisions in order to perform at a high level for a certain organization.

Only cultural fit will give someone the ability to be successful from that stand point. You need to know what values and ethics to look for in order to make the proper decisions in any organization. If you have stated and practiced values that are communicated to all, it will be easy for someone with the same values to work within the framework. It will be their roadmap!

Remember that cultural fit and diversity are not mutually exclusive. This is especially important in HR’s communication to managers. The key points include the following:

Diverse groups of people can share common values

Diverse populations contribute uniquely

Diversity of skills does not mean incompatibility

Skills does not equal Values and Cultural Ethics

Instructor: Lois Krause

Lois has held senior HR leadership positions with both domestic and global responsibility, with emphasis in workforce planning (including succession planning); organizational development; employee relations; regulatory compliance (including Affirmative Action); compensation and rewards; benefits (including development of wellness programs); performance management; recruitment; and mergers & acquisitions.

With over 25 years of experience, Lois has served a...

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