Interview Questions 2020 – Culture Add #3

In 2017, Deloitte discovered that companies using inclusive talent practices generated up to 30% higher revenue per employee. It’s undeniable that a healthy, diverse culture is crucial for the continued growth and survival of companies across all industries, and a lot of recruiters have stopped looking for culture “fits” – prioritising culture “adds” instead. Some quick definitions:

Culture Fit

“Culture fit is the likelihood that someone will reflect and be able to adapt to the core beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors that make up your organization.”

– Harvard Business Review

Culture Add

“The likelihood that someone will not only reflect the company’s values and professional ethics, but also bring an aspect of diverse opinions, experiences, and specialized skill which enhances not just the team, but the overall company culture.” 

– Melissa James, CEO, Openview Partners

The problem with hiring based on “culture fit” is that it can easily lead to bias, and therefore a homogenous culture. Hiring based on “culture add” can help a company evolve much faster than an employee who would only preserve the existing culture. Interviewers are looking for candidates who are fundamentally aligned with the company’s mission and core values – but they know that the right person for the job isn’t necessarily exactly like everyone else. 

In the second part of our IQ2020 series, we’re looking at most popular interview questions for screening culture add, and how you should answer them if you want to make a good impression.

#3: What’s the most interesting thing about you that’s not on your resume?

The trick to answering this question is revealing that you bring something new to the table. Your answer doesn’t have to be related to the role you’re applying for – in fact, it’s better if it’s something unexpected, but stick to things that are likely to improve the company’s culture – for example, perhaps you take part in amateur theatre productions in your spare time. Even if it’s completely unrelated to the role, it reveals your confidence, creativity, even your ability to network and interact well with others. Think about your hobbies and interests before you interview – you can transform pretty much anything into a culture add if you give it enough thought.

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