How to find if a potential employee is the right fit for your company culture

Recruiters talk a lot about company culture when it comes to finding the right candidate. Check out a previous blog post we have on the subject. We focus on how important it is to have the “right fit” when it comes to personality and values. But as a hiring manager, it’s easy to decide if a potential candidate has the right credentials, experience or skill. However, trying to navigate those more intangible qualities can leave some scratching their heads. Here are a few questions to ask potential candidates to help hone in on those that have the right qualities for your company’s culture.

How and when do you do your best work? Someone who needs total silence to complete a task will not excel in a group environment. Someone who requires constant supervision wouldn’t work well in a company set up to work remotely.

What excites you most about this company? The best candidates won’t mention compensation or benefits. They should bring up your company’s processes or other approaches that make your company unique.

Who was your favorite boss or mentor and why? This will help you figure out your potential candidates best learning style, as well as how they work with leaders and managers.

What makes you uncomfortable at work? Finding a candidate that can honestly, and effectively, open up about both their likes, and dislikes, ensures that they will be straightforward with you as well as their coworkers and bosses.

What would you like to do more of at work? This will help you see what fulfills them on a day-to-day basis. Can your company provide that for them?

Cultural fit is a tough thing to not only define, but to find in a potential candidate. However, taking the time to ask some more detailed questions can help you really see if they will get along with fellow colleagues, build rapport in the office, prove a valuable resource to the company, and be happy coming to work every day.

Peter Trombetti is the owner of Oficio Group, located in East Greenwich, RI. Specializing in sales and marketing within the specialty chemicals industry, Peter can be reached through the  oficiogroup.com website.

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Stories are often told of the “older generation” that walked into a job after college and were still with the same company 30 years later. These tales are often told with a shaking of the head and a comment or two about how those days are behind us. Between the economy and a millennial generation who is used to having instant gratification, the days of an employee being able to count on a long term position, and conversely, a company being able to count on loyal employees, are over. Or so we thought.

When you actually take a look at some of the current data out there about job searchers, you would find the opposite is actually true. Current studies by the Washington Post show that in the past decade, young employees are actually staying at their jobs longer than any other time since 1983. See graph below:

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So what is really going on? This takes us back to the simple answer of: the economy. This generation came of age in a time when jobs were not readily available and the competition was fierce. Many were competing with seasoned employees who had years of work experience that they didn’t have. When they did find a job, they held on tightly because there wasn’t another one readily available around the corner.

However, the good news for both employees and employers alike, is that as the economy is expected to improve, the job market is as well. Companies will be in a better position to offer higher salaries and more benefits to potential employees. Hiring managers will begin to see more competitive employees enter the job market as they see conditions improve, while workers can expect more variety and better wages in their future.

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As a recruiter, it’s my job to find the best candidates for an open position at any company. Traditionally, it was then the responsibility of the hiring manager to invite the candidate in, interview them, and make the final decision of who to hire. However, in this new age, more and more innovative companies are finding that by involving more stakeholders in the decision making process they are creating a system of checks and balances that gives them a better idea of who the perfect candidate is.

By including other partners in the hiring process, they are able to provide an objective perspective that takes into account the bigger needs of the business. Stepping outside of just the department of the hiring manager, will ensure that each departments needs are being met, and that the potential employee will work with the company as a whole. While a hiring manager may have short-term goals, their desire to fill a position quickly may end with a candidate being overlooked, or chosen, even if they aren’t the perfect fit.

With multiple people involved in the decision making process, different points of view can be heard. They can ask questions that one person may forget, find things that one person may not and formulate different opinions. Instead of just one person pushing through, or vetoing, a potential candidate, a group can weigh the pros and cons of each person. This will make sure that the person that gets the job is truly the best employee for the company.

While this may take more time and involve more resources, filling an empty space with a candidate that can fill the needs of the entire company, not just one department, will save both money and time in the long run.

Peter Trombetti is the owner of Oficio Group, located in East Greenwich, RI. Specializing in Sales and Marketing within the specialty chemicals industry, Peter can be reached through the oficiogroup.com website.

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How we treat people in our day-to-day reaction may actually have more of an impact on our career than we think.

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Looking for a new job can be both an exciting and stressful time. You’re going on interviews, handing out your resume and scouring the internet for potential positions. After a few tries, however, you’re not receiving those calls back and beginning to wonder what you are doing wrong.

It may be time to take a look at your online profiles. When you Google yourself, what types of information are coming up? You can have all the experience and education in the world, but employers are getting smarter. They know what to look for online, and that can trump a really great interview.

Take an inventory of your online profiles including Google+, Facebook and Twitter. Look at the pictures and status updates you are posting and ask yourself if you would want a potential employer to see them. Talking about you wild night out, or complaining about your boss are quick ways to land on the “do not call list”.

Reach out to your friends as well and ask them to keep posts about you to a minimum. The embarrassing photo of you at the bar from the night before? Kindly request them to keep those in their phones and offline, where they belong.

The end of the year hardly seems like the best time to find a new job. The Christmas season is upon us, parties are a plenty and little time is left over for the job search. However, on the corporate end, work tends to slow in the office as old projects come to a close and new ones are pushed off to the new year. Working with a recruiter during the month of December can put you in front of companies that are ready to hire. Check out our list of the top 5 reasons December is the best month to look for a new job.

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1. Many companies have tons of free time – Like I mentioned above, many projects are coming to a close, leaving ample time to complete all of those tasks pushed to the back burner (like hiring backfilled positions). If you are currently employed, the various holidays make it easy to take vacation days for those calls and interviews.

2. There isn’t a lot of competition – Many people have the misconception that the holidays are a bad time to apply for jobs. Because of this many job seekers and recruiters take time off, there is significantly less activity happening in the job market. Finding a good recruiter who is active and searching during this time of year can pay off.

3. It’s a great time to get referrals – With vacation time and short weeks, this may be the perfect time to ask that fellow employee or former boss for a referral. Scheduling holiday drinks or dinner can be a great way to get together in person without seeming like you only want to use them.

4. It’s bonus pay out time – This is the time of year you really get to see how much your current company values the work you’ve done over the past year. If your bonus or yearly raise is lower than expected, this can help you put in perspective what you really want in your next position.

5. New fiscal year budgets are coming out – Many businesses start their fiscal calendar in January. December is usually the time that employers look back at open positions and budget for them moving forward. Getting in front of these potential openings before they are advertised can be a great way to get in ahead of the curve.

Peter Trombetti is the owner of Oficio Group, located in East Greenwich, RI. Specializing in sales and marketing in the specialty chemicals industry, Peter can be reached at 401.519.6683 or at oficiogroup.com.

Every company has their own way of doing things. They usually have very specific ways of doing things, and very specific reasons for doing it that way. The old, corporate way of doing things usually involves strict rules, but also offered job security, pension plans and a straight career path. However, with the changing economy, employees are feeling less loyal to a specific company. It is very easy for someone, especially someone who is good at their job, to seek alternative employment if they are unhappy with any aspect of their job. We’ve pulled together a list of the Top 5 rules that may be driving your employees away

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1. Attendance Policies – Because they are not paid by the hour, salaried employees should not need attendance policies. If they are completing all the work you give them, in a timely manner, does it really matter if they show up 10 minutes late?

2. Dress Code – Creating a strict dress code policy make employees feel nervous and unable to express themselves. Make it a priority to tell new employees to dress for business and trust them to make the right decision. If someone does come dressed inappropriately, address it with the individual without taking it out on the rest of the staff.

3. Frequent Flyer/Hotel Points Policies – Traveling is hard on an employee. They are traveling to do business for your company. Taking their frequent flyer miles or hotel points that they have rightfully earned will cause animosity and resentment.

4. Leave Policies – Again, this goes back to trusting your employees. Requiring them to bring in a note proving they are either sick enough, or that someone really did pass away, to earn time off comes across cruel and heartless. Will some take advantage of you? Possibly. But why are you hiring people you don’t trust in the first place? Give people the benefit of the doubt.

5. Approvals for Everything – Big pieces of work need to be addressed by higher-ups, but is approval required for every thing an employee does? Not only does this frustrate employees, but it slows down productivity and wastes time.

Peter Trombetti is the owner of Oficio Group, located in East Greenwich, RI. Specializing in sales and marketing in the specialty chemicals industry, Peter can be reached at 401.519.6683 or at oficiogroup.com.