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Choosing the right people for your team

by Aimee Simpson
October 25, 2015
Hire the right person for the job

You need to hire a new person for your business, but where do you start?

When we’re recruiting a new simPEEP at simPRO, our strategy is to hire based on a candidate’s current and future skills, as well as the probability they will fit into our company’s culture.

This ‘cultural fit’, as it is so termed, takes into account the values, attitudes, and behaviours present both in the candidate and in the current organisational culture to see if they are congruent - or not. So, while finding a person who has the relevant skills is generally easy, finding a person with the right cultural fit often proves more challenging.

Where to start

Compiling a clear, detailed position description allows you to think about the precise skills and attributes you are looking for in a new employee, as well as your expectations of the role. Make sure to list all of the duties and keep in mind your idea of the corresponding salary and benefits.

Next, place a job advertisement online or in the local paper (or both - but be aware that online works best). Many templates are available online that can assist in compiling effective job advertisements.

Remember to take your time with the hiring process, as you are essentially picking someone for your team. If you rush, and do not do your due diligence, you can waste a lot of time and money.

Finding the best cultural fit for the organisation

Once you’ve found a number of candidates that have the skills required of the position, it’s then time to think more about cultural fit. It’s important that you go into an interview with a deep understanding of your own organisation’s culture, so you know precisely what qualities you are looking for in a candidate. Do they need to be honest and a good communicator? Do they need to be able to joke and have a laugh? Asking behavioural type questions is a great way to assess a candidate’s cultural fit, as it shows you how they deal with certain situations.

Attributes that make for an appropriate cultural fit at simPRO

At simPRO, we have human resources, the direct reporting manager, and possibly someone who is doing the job currently on the hiring team to ensure we find the person who will best fit into the existing team. Currently, the following qualities are highly valued in team simPRO:

  • A good attitude

  • A good communicator

  • Honesty and being ‘real’

  • A team player

Lastly, remember that a richly diverse workplace is essential for optimal business growth. Finding the right cultural fit for the organisation doesn’t mean hiring people who are the same - it means hiring people who are going in the same direction, and who are going to work well together to achieve a common goal.

If you are hiring or about to hire... good luck. It can be a jungle out there.

A straight-talking Kiwi living in Australia working for an innovative software company in a dream job as a CHRO. #livingthedream #woopwoop!

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