After four years of startup life, I’ve come to hate the question, “is this candidate a culture fit?”. I hate it almost as much as I am repulsed by the over-used word “hacking.” I hear it every day and it makes me cringe!
Now don’t get me wrong: culture is important. A company’s culture is its personality. It is the environment in which the team operates, which is affected by its mission, goals, and leadership.
In fact, it’s what sets startups apart from the rest of the business world. It’s certainly not the size or age of the company that determines whether it is a startup or not, as there are tiny bureaucratic companies and giant public companies with startup cultures.
So how do companies make sure their culture succeeds when they add a new hire to the team? read more…