Hiring Wisdom: Why You Should Hire for Values, Not Just Culture

Often, interviewers try to determine how well an applicant would fit the existing corporate culture by asking questions like:

  • Are you willing to work late hours?”
  • “Do you prefer to be part of a team or to work independently?
  • Is it important to you to have a private work space?

While culture fit should be considered, insisting upon it denies you the benefits diversity brings in terms of points-of-view and new ideas. Moreover, it is much more important to hire for values — like those expressed through attitudes like work ethic, integrity, and a willingness to take responsibility.

After all, perhaps the person who is willing to work late only wants to because of a difficult relationship at home, not because it’s important to get the job done no matter what.

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This was originally published on Mel Kleiman’s Humetrics blog.

Mel Kleiman, CSP, is an internationally-known authority on recruiting, selecting, and hiring hourly employees. He has been the president of Humetrics since 1976 and has over 30 years of practical experience, research, consulting and professional speaking work to his credit. Contact him at mkleiman@humetrics.com.