Recruiting and Cultural Fit: The Top 10 interview questions


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The cultural fit is rarely tested in recruiting. At the same time, new employees who do not fit in with the corporate culture cause numerous problems and costs right from the start. The following interview questions help you to find exactly the right employees.

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The 10 best questions about Cultural Fit

You want to find employees who are best like a few twins to yours Company fit? Then you should involve the Cultural Fit in recruiting more strongly and purposefully.

In the interview, pay particular attention to answers based on past experiences, past experiences, examples that identify candidates and their priorities.

  1. In your opinion, what makes good teamwork and what are your experiences? : Teamwork occupies an important place in most jobs. With this question you get to know whether the basic attitude to team work is positive and if and what experiences you have made with it. In the experience, make sure that they are consistent and relevant with the requirements of the job advertised by you.
  2. What do you think enables really good performance? : An indirect question about motivation, simply on an objectified level. However, since this answer also puts a lot to the power of abstraction, it should only be given to agile candidates for certain positions. You can also ask this question less openly: "What do you think are the prerequisites for above-average performance?"
  3. Tell me as specifically as possible what is particularly important for you in a good working atmosphere. : Here you can see a lot from examples and experiences. Check it out to learn examples or have important things specified. Asking a scale can also help: How important is “team spirit” on a scale of 1-10 to you? Or: Which one or two points are the most important for you?
  4. What does a company owe its employees? Again, this is an unexpected and extraordinary question, but for that very reason not only the answer, but also the behavior or the reaction to it can reveal much. It forces interviewees to think outside the box and to think critically. This shows which values ​​of a corporate culture are important to him and what he understands, for example under fairness or opportunities for further development, and what ultimately motivates him.
  5. Please describe to me your ideal supervisor. When describing ideal images or ideal persons, people are always strongly encouraged to express themselves carefree and "let your imagination run wild". There may be areas in which you would like to deepen certain information (character, personality, sensitivity, expectation of freedom, etc.) with a follow-up question.
  6. What is a good working environment in which you feel comfortable? Is it the human environment, the team and the supervisor? Or are other criteria important, such as the spirit of innovation or an employee culture that respects and encourages employees? Of course, it is also important to compare the criteria mentioned above with those of your company's working environment and to observe similarities.
  7. Which positive and negative factors played an important role in your last job? The question leading to a more concrete answer, what has fallen and what not. Pay attention to whether these are relevant factors for your case, and how the relationship between positive and negative realities, whether it is just frustration and allegations that come up, or whether the positive events are paid attention - that says a lot about the fundamental positive or negative attitude of a candidate. For example, who leaves the previous employer only because of anger and disappointment, that is, without constructive goals such as getting ahead, is hardly the ideal candidate.
  8. What kind of people do you enjoy working with? Indirectly, this shows the expectation of teammates, a working environment, the nature of the candidate and his tolerance range. Possible examples from practical experience are of particular interest. Together with an experience, the statement gains credibility and becomes more concrete. The way in which it is used (such as wording, priorities, people involved, tasks, etc.) is interesting and enlightening.
  9. What characterizes a team in which you feel well? Is it a “dream team”, is it realistic claims and expectations that fit the personality of the candidate or is it an answer that already includes your interview information, the environment and the job profile? Of course, pay particular attention to the congruence with the existing team in which the candidate would come to be employed.
  10. What is your particular value in professional life? Another question on this topic could be: What do you value in your professional life? This allows you to find out interesting things about personal values ​​and preferences as well as conclusions about behavior in the workplace. What is of interest here is the correspondence of the relevant characteristics with the important points of the requirement profile and the extent to which the applicant's values ​​correspond to those of your corporate culture. Similar questions can just as easily be formulated with other subject areas in order to obtain more detailed and individual information.

Summary

The exact fit of the employee to the corporate culture is enormously important for the successful integration of the employee in the company and is too often underestimated.

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However, with these questions you have a good template to filter out the right employees for your corporate culture from the outset among the applicants.


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