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Focus on fit: Get more from job interviews

Posted by Rowan O'Grady, Hays Canada President, on Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Blog Aug 18 Find the right fit in interviewsInterviews are not just a tool for an employer to find a candidate with the skills the need, it’s an opportunity for both employer and candidate to decide if they are right for each other. What does it take to find the right fit?  

Lots of different kinds of people can work for the same company and feel welcomed and fulfilled, but when you don’t fit in it will show in your work, mood and results.

A great employer can be the wrong fit for a capable, qualified worker and vice versa - especially for smaller companies, or teams with a very specific group dynamic. Finding a good fit can be key to long-term success. 

Cultural comparison
Do people arrive at 8.30 and leave at five on the dot? Are you likely to go for drinks on a Friday, or order in food for a group lunch?

Communication match
Are you more comfortable with a formal, profressional conversation style, or do you want to find a place where you can tease and joke with your manager and coworkers? You might want feedback daily to be able to correct in real time, or prefer more formal monthly catch ups.

Working style compatibility
Some people prefer a relaxed, chatty atmosphere, while others want to focus in a quiet space. Are you at your best first thing in the morning, or in the middle of the afternoon?

As a candidate it’s important to know what your ideal work space and style is, then find out whether this job will fit those requirements, before you commit to working there every day. More than a third of Canadian employers say fit is the main reason new hires wash out, but knowing your fit ahead of time will help you find the right place for you.

Get the first Hays "Fit" Report to learn more, and take the practical exercise included to help make better job decisions.

Make your next career move - and find the best match for you.


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