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Posted by admin on November 18, 2011

Culture Fit

The importance of matching a company culture to your personality.

We believe that finding the right cultural fit is a crucial part of the recruitment process and should be the forefront of HR – we simply can’t place enough emphasis on it.  That goes for employers scouting new talent, and candidates looking for the perfect job.  Once you’ve found the right position, or the right skills and experience, make sure that your personalities match
Much of company culture can be identified when you walk into their office.  It’s the manner in which you’re greeted – the warmth, cold or indifference.  It’s what’s being said around the coffee machine or powder rooms.  It’s the stiletto heels and pinstriped suits or jeans and takkies.  It’s what happens in a lunch hour, if there is one – or whether there’s a mass exodus at 5pm.  It’s the number of offices and partitioned walls, and where the CEO spends his day - in an office on the 19th floor, or in the midst of activity with his team.  It’s the buzz and the energy, be it organised chaos or slow comfortable deadlines.
We’ve seen a lot of verbose mission and vision statements of business trying very hard to identify their place in the market.  They all seem the same, and they bore us to tears.
One of the reason’s for Google’s huge success was that they indentified their personality from the beginning.  Back in the days of suits and ties, Google decided that you didn’t have to be uncomfortable to do good business.  They built fun and funky offices, chose state of the art technologies and fastest internet, sprinkled lava lamps and massage chairs everywhere and threw in a few scooters for their employees to get around their offices on.

Instead of a vision statement, they chose a philosophy to live by, and one which they frequently revisit.

1. Focus on the user and all else will follow.
2. It’s best to do one thing really, really well.
3. Fast is better than slow.
4. Democracy on the web works.
5. You don’t need to be at your desk to need an answer.
6. You can make money without doing evil.
7. There’s always more information out there.
8. The need for information crosses all borders.
9. You can be serious without a suit.
10. Great just isn’t good enough.

In order to recruit the right personality for your company, or find the right company for your personality, you need to be 100% sure of what your personality is. If you’re not sure what your personality is, then you’re bound to be a wallflower…

Annie Mercer Placements has based our 10 Things on Google’s Philosophy – and like Google, it’s something we live by and revisit frequently.



Posted by Irene on
Is that rellay all there is to it because that'd be flabbergasting.
Posted by Sherry on
Super infortmaive writing; keep it up.
Posted by Nomathamsanqa on
Love this! I'm a corporate creative and I love companies that not only fit with the way I dress but as you mentioned, my vibe and my general values in life. In the same breath, I don't want to walk around and reject every single company that doesn't fit with me in the slightest way. So I guess it's all about balance. Thank you for these beautiful blog posts. Why am I only discovering them now??
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