Derek Bishop


Who would you work for?

Date added: 11th Mar 2015
Category: Employee Engagement

Hiring for organisational culture fit - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg would only hire someone to work for him if he could see himself working for that person

We can choose our friends but we can’t choose our family runs the saying, but how does that translate into the world or work?  Are we thrown among strangers, expected to bond as a team and spend each day at the mercy of the leadership or is the experience altogether more pleasant?

One of the emerging post-recessionary themes is the importance of cultural fit in business.  Employers increasingly look for fit as part of the hiring process and potential employees are urged to look for and identify organisational cultures before they take up a role.  Ensuring that not only is someone right for the task but also for the team can make a significant difference in outcome.

Now Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has taken this theme one stage further.  When talking to a Barcelona audience recently he revealed that he would only hire someone to work for him if he could see himself working for that person.   It’s an interesting concept and one which would stand many leaders in good stead.  If you can see yourself working for someone then they are already likely to have gained your respect. Moreover, the ongoing relationship is more likely to be one of colleagues working towards a shared goal rather than master/servant.

It is a shame therefore that a US study has found that on average employers only look at CVs for 6 seconds and that the information they glean in that time generally concentrates on qualifications and is flawed when it comes to judgements in respect of personality type.  If that is the case, then the realities of hiring for cultural fit still have a long way to go.

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