Mak­ing sure the faces fit

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EM­PLOY­ERS and job­seek­ers in­creas­ingly cite work­place cul­ture as a de­ter­min­ing fac­tor in whether an ap­pli­cant is em­ployed in the job.

Re­cruit­ment firm Hays says many hir­ing man­agers rate how a po­ten­tial em­ployee will fit in with the work­place cul­ture higher than whether they have the skills re­quired to suc­cess­fully meet job cri­te­ria.

It says busi­nesses must un­der­stand dif­fer­ences in cul­ture and work style across dif­fer­ent gen­er­a­tions and fac­tor this in when hir­ing new em­ploy­ees.

It says cul­tural fit is also im­por­tant to prospec­tive can­di­dates, who of­ten rate how they will fit into an or­gan­i­sa­tion more highly than the level of salary they re­ceive. Hays Ade­laide re­gional di­rec­tor Lisa Mor­ris says some can­di­dates have re­fused job of­fers be­cause they feel the com­pany cul­ture will not pro­vide the best en­vi­ron­ment for them to ful­fil their long-term ca­reer goals.

She says em­ploy­ers are pre­pared to in­vest in ap­pli­cants who they be­lieve will be valu­able team mem­bers.

‘‘ We have seen many cases where an em­ployer will train a can­di­date in the nec­es­sary tech­ni­cal skills if they are oth­er­wise the right cul­tural fit for the busi­ness,’’ Mor­ris says.

She says the trend is vis­i­ble in the pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tors in such fields as ac­coun­tancy, of­fice sup­port and hu­man re­sources.

‘‘ The fo­cus on cul­tural fit is to en­sure a new re­cruit will in­te­grate into the ex­ist­ing team, has an in­trin­sic un­der­stand­ing of the way the busi­ness op­er­ates and is more likely to be re­tained longterm,’’ she says.

Mor­ris says while tech­ni­cal skills can be taught, there is a be­lief that cul­tural fit can­not.

She says a good fit is strate­gi­cally im­por­tant to work­places and it is en­cour­ag­ing to see it is be­ing recog­nised as a busi­ness tac­tic.

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