Em­ploy­ers, can­di­dates seek the per­fect fit

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CUL­TURAL fit has be­come so im­por­tant to hir­ing man­agers that it now of­ten rates above tech­ni­cal skills in de­cid­ing to em­ploy a can­di­date, re­cruit­ing ex­perts Hays says.

And, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est Hays Quar­terly Re­port, em­ploy­ers are not alone in their de­sire to en­sure a good cul­tural fit.

Can­di­dates, too, are look­ing for a com­pany that suits them best — and of­ten rank this above the salary on of­fer.

‘‘ We’ve seen sev­eral cases of can­di­dates turn­ing down job of­fers be­cause they didn’t feel the com­pany cul­ture re­flected their longterm ca­reer goals,’’ Hays state di­rec­tor Jane Mcneill says. ‘‘ This trend is oc­cur­ring across both the pri­vate and public sec­tors.’’

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