it’s a culture thing

Puzzlepiece I was recently reading a blog post that invited companies when hiring to "Hire for Culture First, Skills Second".  While it was an interesting read, it was also a frustrating one.


Because the fact of that matter is that YOU (as the hiree) should do your best to ensure that the company fits you culturally first.  That is your responsibility and should not be left to the auspices of the company you are interviewing with.  Presumably, you are interviewing for a position because you already know that you can do the work – that's the easy part.  

What is less clear is how you will fit into the organization.

Don't let  organizations rule you out because you don't fit.  You should already know before you interview whether that company is potentially a good fit, and why

Failure at an organization is often less about job skills than it is about fit.  If you join a company and then find that the company ethics or way of doing business goes against everything that you stand for, your ability to succeed is greatly diminished.  If doing your job means compromising who you are, you may eventually pay the price mentally, physically and finanicially to the extent that all those compromises lead to a decline in job performance.

And it will.

So do yourself (and your career) a favor.  

Don't go for the money without buying into the company culture first.

Your career (and your sanity) depends on it…

Continue to be great!


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2 Responses to “it’s a culture thing”

  1. Jonathan says:

    Excellent points, but I wonder how many job seekers are merely looking for the first thing for which they are qualified? Many are so scared of the job market that they interview for everything available! In my organization, they definitely hire/promote according to culture/EEO segment.

  2. CoachV says:

    Thanks Jonathan and your points are also well taken. Interestingly enough, when the economic decline began several years ago and employers were laying off “in droves”, the landscape looked very much as you state for job seekers – desperate for any employment and interviewing for jobs completely out of their lane. I am finding (through experience with my clients and from my colleagues in the career field) that the “air of desperation” is declining (not gone, but declining) and that as folks have learned to survive on less, it has also a bread the desire to go into environments that truly value them and what they have to offer. For readers who are in that space, this is simply one thing to consider….