The Importance of Cultural Fit between Company & Candidate 

Today, hundreds of companies are facing challenges in finding, and more importantly retaining valuable people. Oftentimes, this results from focusing too strongly on just the technical fit between job and candidate. But what is just as important, is the “cultural fit” between an organization and their people. Finding and retaining professionals that do not just meet the technical requirements and job specifics but are a great personality fit for the organization drives organizational success.

To ensure a strong cultural fit for prospective new hires, we perform the following steps:

1. Client Cultural Needs Analysis Profile (NAP)

We are able to assess a company’s culture and to create a Needs Analysis Profile (NAP) by asking specifically designed questions. Our NAP is designed to determine important key factors of a search assignment like the positions title, job requirements, but more importantly interpersonal, behavioral attributes that prospective candidates need to possess.

Therefore, we use a Company Culture Questionnaire during the NAP process with our clients.

Example Questions:

  • NAP_Assessing Company Culture_Public VersionWhat are the most important things you/your company have to attract qualified talent?
  • What is the one thing you would like to change? And why?
  • Who is a “hero” at this company and why?
  • What type of personality do you work well with? What type of personality has not fit in the organization in the past?
  • How does the company (team) handle conflict or differing opinions?
  • How does this position fit into the plans of the company?


2. Candidate Compatibility Analysis 

Adapted from our Company Culture Questionnaire, we developed a Candidate Cultural Questionnaire, which in a similar way assesses a prospective candidate’s personality fit with the company. Here, we clustered our questionnaire into different sections, including value, management and personality questions.

Example Questions:

  • What is the no. 1 most important thing for you?
  • How do you like to be rewarded for your accomplishments?
  • Do you like to be creative or do you prefer structure and processes?
  • How do you handle conflict?
  • Tell me about a time when you had to deal with another person even when that individual may not have personal liked you (or vice versa).


3. Assessment | Q-Fit Factor

The Q-Fit Assessment is a personality assessment tool that incorporates “cultural fit” criteria, which help us gauge how well candidates adapt to a new culture. We define these criteria as the “Q-Fit” – the cultural fit between a candidate and a company culture.

Characteristics include:

  • Ability to deal with ambiguity
  • Tolerance
  • Openness to change
  • Ability to understand differences
  • Sensitivity towards differences
  • Acceptance
  • Appropriate behavior 

To learn more about our Q-Fit Assessment, please contact us directly.