One of the most important aspects of running a company is having a strong corporate culture. If the culture at your company is positive, your employees will love coming to work each day, will work their hardest to get results, and will recommend the company to clients and potential employees.
Cultural Fit Interview Questions
If the culture is negative, your bottom line will suffer, you will have a high turnover rate and it will be difficult to come to work each day. Here are 10 interview questions that measure the candidate’s fit into your corporate culture.
- What is the work environment or work culture in which you are the happiest and most productive?
- What are the strongest traits of the best boss you have ever had or wanted to have?
- Which management style will help you produce the most and help you give the best effort?
- How does a good company encourage its employees to go the extra mile to get the job done right and on-time?
- What are the best roles a manager plays in dealing with his or her employees?
- Would you ever have a best friend at work? If so, do you think this is appropriate?
- What is the most important factor for you that will make you happy and productive in the workplace? Now that you have answered this question, what are the other two factors you thought about mentioning, but did not?
- What do you like right now about your work environment?
- How would your current co-workers describe your role when working with them on a team project?
- What is one scenario when you went out of your way or above-and-beyond to please a customer?
Where to Go Now?
This is not an exhaustive list of questions, but just the start for interviewers who are looking to bring in the candidates who match their company’s culture the most. Make a point of having at least one follow-up question to each of these 10 questions so you can really gauge what the candidate has in terms of character and work ethic.
Make sure you also write down the answers provided by the candidate and monitor their body language and reactions to the questions. Should the candidate shrug-off some questions or make noises in response to some questions, you have a problem on your hands and should not move any further with the candidate. Candidates who are always a strong fit in a culture will have no trouble answering these questions.
When it comes down to it, hiring based on cultural fit is very important today. Make sure your company is doing it with every single hire.
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