In this video I contend that that are three factors that form the foundation of a company's culture: the company's growth rate, the degree of structure in the job, and how well the hiring manager's and new hire's style mesh. These are not controllable by the CEO or any edict, mission or value statement. Surprisingly, few companies formally consider these factors when measuring cultural fit.

While there are other factors that determine fit, including collaborative skills, work ethic and interest in the actual job, ignoring the impact of these three core factors is a recipe for making a serious hiring mistake.


Lou Adler (@LouA) is the CEO of The Adler Group, a consulting and training firm helping companies implement Performance-based Hiring. He's also a regular columnist for Inc. Magazine and BusinessInsider. His latest book, The Essential Guide for Hiring & Getting Hired (Workbench, 2013), provides hands-on advice for job-seekers, hiring managers and recruiters on how to find the best job and hire the best people. You can continue the conversation on LinkedIn's Essential Guide for Hiring Discussion Group.