When hiring new employees, companies invest a significant amount of time and money finding the best candidate for the position. While many factors are part of the hiring process, such as education, hard skills and soft skills, a key aspect for retaining employees is to hire someone that aligns with your company values.
According to the State Of Employee Engagement, 33 percent of employees believe their company’s core values don’t align with their personal values. With job seekers looking for more purposeful careers, a lack of alignment with company values leads to low job satisfaction and a high turnover rate, which is costly.
When searching for your next hire, it is essential to be purposeful in every aspect of the hiring process. Follow these 3 tips to get started.
3 Tips For Hiring Talent With Your Company Values
1. Be In Tune With Your Company Values and How They Relate to the Role
A mission statement directs an organization’s day-to-day business; the company values are what create a culture and an environment for employees to grow and thrive. Before the recruitment process begins, ask these five questions to see how your business’ values are at play in the work setting.
Ask current employees what the company values are.
Ask current employees what the company values mean.
Ask how the company values align with each team member’s positions.
Ask how employees practice those values in their daily routine.
Ask employees how the business helps them support company values.
The answers to these questions will help you develop a strategy to convey company values effectively during the interview process, which we’ll discuss in more detail below. Moreover, if the answers you get from your team are not what you expect, use the exercise as a tool to build a more cohesive company culture.
2. Ask the Right Questions and Questions That Relate To Company Values
An interview is a two-way process and gives both parties (the talent and the employer) an opportunity to see if the candidate is the right fit for the company. During the recruiting process, interviewers need to concisely explain their company values, how they apply to the job, and ask questions that help reveal if the candidate is a good match.
As an example, if a core company value is collaboration, explain how the role you’re hiring for relies on working closely and cohesively with coworkers. If the value is to empower employees, describe ways team members are encouraged to take ownership of their tasks. With each company value explained during a prospect’s interview, follow-up with focused questions related to that value. For a company that values teamwork, ask the candidate to describe the part they would play in a team setting and to provide examples of how they exhibited teamwork in a previous position. If the value is empowerment, ask the candidate to describe a task they took on from start to finish, explain the outcome, and how it impacted them professionally and personally.
Many questions geared toward cultural fit also align with company values. This list from The Balance Careers is an excellent place to start. Here are a few of their suggested interview questions:
Describe the work environment where you feel the most productive.
Is your preferred working style alone or with a team, and why?
Describe the management style that brings out your best work.
3. Look Closely At Past Work History
Lastly, take the time to review a prospective employee’s past work history, appraise the company values of the organizations they worked for previously, and assess their interview responses.
During the interview process, look for red flags including:
Examples that don’t match with your company values.
Actions out of sync with your company values.
Strong opinions that don’t align with the company values.
Actions that prioritize the prospect’s own values over others.
This final step is critical. Hiring to align with company values saves an organization time and money. More importantly, when a company’s values align with an employee’s values, they are more likely to be satisfied with their job, more productive, and become a valued and long-term employee.
Ask CorEdge To Find Your Ideal Candidate
At CorEdge we are committed to helping employers find top talent. To accomplish this, we partner each company with a Success Champion who highlights the company’s values, culture and the key attributes needed to succeed in the position. Contact us today for an appointment with our recruiting agency experts and let us help you hire with purpose.