When employers are advertising for candidates, they often list the skills required for the role, such as ‘good IT skills’ or ‘number of years’ experience needed’. Skills and experience are of course important, but should employers and candidates be paying just as much attention to personality fit when deciding whether to give the job and for a candidate, whether to accept it?
Whether openly recognising it or not, different organisations and industries all have a set of cultural values that they and its employees are defined by. Whether an employee fits in within a specific culture may have an impact on their success and how much they may be able to achieve in a certain company. For example, we pride ourselves on being extremely driven here at Reckitt Benckiser and a candidate who has similar values and goals is likely to fit in well and succeed.
This is why it’s important to be honest with yourself and your potential employer when looking for a new company to work for – if your personality doesn’t match your chosen organisation’s work environment, you may find you’re not getting what you want out of where you work. And a business may not get the best out of its employees. However, in a different industry with the right cultural fit, you may find you thrive and gain great job satisfaction.
As Albert Einstein once said: “Everybody is a genius but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will spend its whole life believing it’s stupid.”
Knowing a thing or two about most things, Einstein is highlighting that everyone has potential talent and something to offer but if that talent isn’t suited to an certain environment, you may experience difficulties in reaching your full potential. So, it’s important to be aware of your ‘work personality’ and your strengths and weaknesses in the search to find the right company culture fit for you. An idea about your ‘work personality’ and ‘culture fit’ and gaining a better understanding of these could really jump-start your career.