When you make the decision to change jobs you are also making a decision to adapt to a new corporate culture as well. The biggest challenge candidates have is not matching their skills – it’s really making sure they “fit” into a new corporate culture. The very best skill-set, experience and education don’t matter if you don’t fit the culture. It’s all about gelling with the new team. And guess what? You can’t fake it! You either fit – or you don’t.
Trying too hard to convince a new employer that you are “THE ONE” is a mistake. Too many candidates try to change their own DNA (during an interview) in an effort to show that they “fit in” and it just doesn’t work that way. NOPE.
I always like to get a glimpse into a company’s culture before we launch a new search. It’s hard to do that over the phone. On the majority of our assignments we visit our client on-site in their environment to spend face-time with the management team to get a better understanding of their culture and the way they are wired. Spending time on the ground gives us a better idea of the company – which we try our best to convey to our candidates. It’s not easy to explain a company’s culture unless you experience it firsthand.
Some experts say that matching corporate culture is 50% of the decision process in hiring a new employee. I think it might actually be higher than that!