I know it’s hard to believe but we engage in multiple search assignments every year where the employer struggles to make a decision on which candidate to hire. Nobody wants to make a bad hiring decision. It’s always an interesting dilemma when you have multiple (did I say excellent) candidates to choose from and yet you struggle to make a choice. It’s a compliment to the search consultant every time. The final slate has completed the entire interview process and its now time to declare a winner. Each candidate is qualified to perform the duties as outlined in the job spec.

However, there is usually only one winner and well….you get my point.

So what does an employer do to make sure they are making the right decision? I always start by going back to the job description to make sure we have checked all of the boxes against what we were trying to achieve in hiring the ideal candidate. Assuming all the boxes are checked for the candidates in play, the hiring manager has to look at cultural fit.

Cultural fit in most cases represents 50% of the hiring equation. The question you have to ask yourself is “How will this person fit in with the existing team and culture”? I have seen my fair share of great candidates who have all of the requisite skills, experience and educational credentials – but are a complete mismatch when it comes to cultural fit. I always recommend that each person that participates in the hiring process uses a grading tool to rate each candidate in multiple categories – including cultural fit.

Always make sure that the person you hire will be an excellent fit culturally to give them the greatest chance to succeed.