Person-Organization Fit vs. Job Fit: Hiring The Best People
Job fit vs. organization fit is the two ways in which a company chooses to hire people. While there may be somewhat of a mix, employers tend to favor one over the other. To figure out which method you lean toward, ask yourself a few questions:
- Does the person you hire need to have all the skills to do the job?
- Does a person’s personality need to fit well with the culture of your company?
- Do you have the time to train someone who doesn’t have all the skills but you like who they are?
- If you had to choose between someone’s skills or someone’s ability to work well and fit in with the team, which is more important?
If you found yourself answering those questions with answers such as: “Yes, they need the skills. No, I don’t have time to train them. I don’t care what their personality is. I just need the job done.” Then you are probably more of a job fit hiring manager. However, if you answered the questions with: “The skills are needed, but I could train them. I really need them to work well with a team. I can teach technical skills but not the innate leadership ability they have.” Then you probably hire more with an organizational fit in mind.