Whether cultural fit of tech professionals should be given
importance or not during the hiring process is controversial. Some employers
and recruiters believe it leads to discrimination and others think it is
important and should be given due consideration. If this assessment is not done
correctly, it is likely that all like-minded people will flock together and
lose out on the advantages or benefits provided by diversity.
How Should Recruiters Determine Cultural Fit?
Despite the controversial views, companies do
look into cultural fit when hiring software engineers with the goal of
reducing turnover as they believe that employees who fit well or easily adapt
to the culture will be happier, more productive and stay with the company in
future. It is recommended that a basic set of criteria be used to make this
assessment and other cultural norms be ignored to get a good balance of culture
fit and diversity.
At the same time, onus is on IT professionals to
be flexible and adapt to the company culture to avoid too many conflicts while
retaining some things that they bring with them that could add value and impact
or change company culture positively through diversity of thought.
Excellent tools are available to help recruiters
determine cultural fit.
CultureAmp uses data received from employee
surveys to determine Employee Engagement, Experience, and Effectiveness. They
have brought together experts in technology, organizational psychologists
and data scientists to provide accurate assessment. There are four steps
to the process – survey design, survey launch, results review and results
Weirdly recruitment software uses a customizable quiz to rank
candidates against your ideal ‘fit’. Hiring people that align with your
organizational culture and brand values has never been easier or more fun!
Their easy to use dashboard can act as a stand-alone, light-ATS or be
integrated into your current recruitment process. With a Weirdly quiz, applying
for a job is faster, more fun and lets people get a taste of your company
culture right from the start.
TinyPulse has two tools. TINYpulse Engage is
their survey tool, and TINYpulse Perform is
a performance management tool that helps leaders facilitate 1:1 meetings
to improve employee performance and achieve company goals. TinyPulse allows
companies to keep a pulse on how employees are feeling and reduce turnover.
Companies like TinyPulse because the surveys are
short, you can use it on your phone, and it is easy to use and provides
real-time feedback and is completely anonymous.
RoundPegg combines culture science and powerful
analytics tools to help demystify your company. They offer several products,
first they give candidates a pre-hire assessment tool and gives each one a
“fit” score to determine cultural fit. Existing employees are asked to fill out
a 7-minute survey to determine the fit of the job seeker. After ALL of them
complete the survey, employers get a Culture DNA profile of the company. This
reveals what the company values most collectively – 36 values are ranked. They
offer custom interview questions. After a candidate completes the pre-hire
assessment, RoundPegg will provide insight into where the candidate will fit
and areas that require attention.
Instatalent Culture-Fit software is powered by
IBM Watson and helps companies understand their candidate’s personality better
than ever before and without an interview. It assesses candidate’s natural way
of writing skills and language based on their social media feeds and uses
something called a Cognitive Talent Discovery Engine’ (CTDE) to understand
candidates’ personality attributes.