• Somer Hackley

How do you assess for culture fit?


I recently listened to Adam Grant’s WorkLife podcast from April 2020, “Reinventing the Job Interview” and they touch on interview bias, how interviewers tend to decide on a candidate within the first 90 seconds of meeting them. In sitting at one company and watching 900 interviews, “interviewers were convinced that playing sports was a proxy for grit and teamwork skills, but there are many other activities that can build those character strengths too. Interviewers were less concerned about skills for the job, than fit within the culture.” (~13 minutes in)


No doubt culture fit is important.


This is where I start:


It’s not just about what someone has achieved.


It’s how they did it, why they did it, and with whom.


And even better they did it more than once, and each time was different.


It’s the journey, not the final chapter.


There’s magic in staying in the story and uncovering those details.