Assessing Culture-Fit in Modern Talent Acquisition
Written by iCIMS, a Corvirtus Partner
The modern world of talent acquisition is growing in complexity, and recruiting the right people is critical to business success. The days of selecting candidates based off of a glowing resume alone are over, and identifying talent with the ability to perform well within an organization’s culture has become a top priority. Company culture is not only an essential component of an attractive employer brand, but it also establishes a productive workplace where employees enjoy contributing every day. To maximize business success, employers must equip themselves with the right assessment tools to best identify all-around top talent and make fully confident hiring decisions.
Culture Matters to Your Current and Future Employees
The challenge of attracting, hiring, and retaining talent in today’s consumer-minded labor market is growing, making recruitment far too important to take lightly. When an organization is not well-staffed with employees that enrich its culture, the bottom line can be directly impacted through lost innovation and productivity.
Working within a great company culture has become an expectation for many job seekers, and prioritizing a constantly improving workplace dynamic places organizations at the forefront to attract top talent. Fifty-three percent of job seekers rank culture at the top of their priority list when looking for a job, yet 87 percent of organizations see culture as a top challenge. Luckily, assessment technology is easing that burden by making the search for great all-around candidates an integral part of the hiring process.
Start with Identifying Core Competencies That Link to Business Results
The biggest aspect of hiring best-fit candidates is aligning hiring managers, recruiters, and current employees with the characteristics that define success in your work environment. This is unique to every organization, but without a full understanding of what exactly a candidate should be measured against, business results from assessments are less likely. Identify key characteristics for cultural cohesiveness, and adapt screening methods to evaluate each candidate.
Through intuitive assessment software, organizations can grasp the full picture about a candidate’s ability to perform, beyond just hard skills. Personality, cognitive ability, and situational judgment assessments measure a combination of characteristics and predictive actions that can be compared against an ideal list of qualities for a given position. This also gives employers the necessary insight into who will foster positive and productive interactions with their hiring manager and broader team to support cross-functional relationships. Understanding the way that a candidate may learn new concepts and solve problems also provides the opportunity to envision how well they will contribute to the organization. With the right knowledge in hand, employers can quickly and efficiently identify candidates who are more likely to go above and beyond, grow in their role, and exceed expectations that align with its culture.
Integrate Assessments into Your Hiring Process
Technology and talent are the top two business priorities of CEOs, and with one workflow to manage assessments right alongside other specialized recruitment tools that are relied on for talent acquisition, organizations stay ahead of the modern and complex talent acquisition landscape. Selecting an assessment solution that seamlessly integrates with your Applicant Tracking System (ATS) provides access to all candidate information and analytics within one central location, under one workflow. As talent acquisition becomes more challenging and intricate, data-driven process are prompting employers to select specialized recruiting software with robust reporting capabilities to simplify processes and increase efficiency.
Quality hires are more likely to lead to higher performance, which leads to better business results. With 51 percent of businesses reporting product errors caused by hiring the wrong person, and 24 percent experiencing a loss of customers, selecting candidates that are culture-fits is essential. Joining assessment software with your recruitment platform allows the best hiring decisions to be made, saving organizations thousands of dollars in recruiting and replacing employees.
Want to know more about what to look for in a best-fit candidate? Uncover the specific soft skills employers are seeking by checking out “The Soft Skills to Look for in Candidates.”