How to tell if a candidate is a good fit

Your recruiter has sourced an amazing set of candidates that fit the requirements of your job vacancy. They have all the right skills, experience and references, but how do you make a decision on who to hire? While qualifications and expertise are the basis of any suitable candidate, it's ultimately their fit that will ensure they are successful in the role. Does the candidate's own values complement the mission and values of your organisation, and how will they mesh with your existing team? Here are three ways to find out:

Clearly defining your company culture will give you a criteria on which to measure fit.

1. Identify your company culture

The best place to start is by clearly defining your company culture. Consider the overall goals of the business, the principles it holds dear, its standards of work and the image it wants to portray to the market. You should also think about the kind of working environment you want to promote and the behaviours you value in your staff. In addition, hone in on the qualities that make your organisation stand out from other businesses. Once you know these things, you'll have a clear set of criteria to determine whether an individual will be an asset to your team in the long run.

2. Ask the right questions

The next step for determining the cultural fit of a candidate is through the interview. Among the questions about their achievements and past experience, don't forget to prioritise some open-ended behavioural questions. This will help you get a better insight into the individual's personality, as well as how they tend to react in different situations.

Financial advice site The Balance highlights a number of questions you can ask that will help you assess fit, including:

  • What are your expectations from your senior leaders and fellow team members?
  • Tell me about a time what you disagreed with a colleague and what you did to resolve it.
  • Describe your ideal work environment and what you value most in a workplace.
Insights such as how a candidate handles conflict will help you determine if they are right for your company.Insights such as how a candidate handles conflict will help you determine if they are right for your company.

3. Get a second opinion

Finally, if you really want to know how a candidate is going to relate to your culture and team, testing it is the easiest way to find out. At the end of an interview, call in a couple of your trusted staff members to talk to the candidate without you present. They will likely be more relaxed and open in this situation, and your staff will be able to give you a second opinion about the individual's personality and how well they suit the needs of your company. In this way, you'll be well equipped to make a good decision and secure the all-round best person for your business.

For more information on how to find great staff for your business, click here.