What is Cultural Fit?
Cultural Fit, in German: cultural agreement is according to Wikipedia "a term from the Personalpsychologie.
It describes the agreement between applicants and employers (Company) in terms of behaviors and values. "
The team has to fit together
It's like football: Top stars bring the club no further, if they do not fit the team. The team has to fit together well in the end.
And so it goes in recruiting: Who wants to put together a great team and keep, must ensure that employees with values, convictions, attitudes, etc. fit together. But what exactly does that mean?
Employees have to fit into the company's values
For example, the right values and working methods. After all, it's no longer just about good grades, the right CV and the professional qualification:
Companies are increasingly looking for future employees to fit into their corporate culture in terms of their values and ways of working.
Trend theme Cultural Fit
Originally it was the other way round: An increasing proportion of applicants, above all the "Young Professionals" of the Y and Z generations, had the claim that the potential employer suits their own values and wishes.
As a result, it has become a trend for companies to specifically advertise their values with exactly the right employees. As a rule, they ask the following basic questions:
- Does the candidate fit in with our corporate culture?
- Does an applicant fit our values?
Values - a spongy topic?
The whole theme of values I personally find a little bit spongy. Which company does not like propagating values?
And in many companies, the topic of values seems a bit grafted on and hollow - motto: super values, but nothing behind them.
Cultural Fit and Diversity
Finally, one must also ask oneself what the topic of "cultural fit" means for diversity. For it is already a problem today that in many companies only people with similar opinions are hired. Trends such as the recruitment of employees by employees increase this danger.
In addition, the issue carries the risk that companies now more than already decide by gut feeling. Fortunately, evidence-based approaches have long since made cultural fit more objective and tangible.
The discussion: It's about the best elf
On the panel of Süddeutschen Newspapers are now discussing experts on whether and to what extent this approach can be implemented in the recruiting context. What solutions are there and how do they work in the process?
- Simone Janson, Publisher, Best of HR - Berufebilder.de ® Business Media
- Christoph Athanas, Meta HR
- Marcel Rütten, Kindernothilfe eV
- Moderator Raoul Fischer, StoryWorks GmbH
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