Hiring for the culture

Hiring the right people means more than identifying good technical skills. A person’s resume can be outstanding, but it won’t matter one whit if personalities clash or new hires just don’t mesh with your culture. As Dan McCarthy writes in How to Hire for Cultural Fit, “It’s not what you know, but how you fit in the culture that results in accelerated performance.” He points out that first and foremost, you need to assess your own internal culture, decide whether your goals include changing that culture, and proceed accordingly. Everyone that joins the team changes the team dynamic: Are you hiring to sustain your culture, or looking to alter the team dynamic?

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