Social Screening: Determining Culture Fit

Candidate Screening > Would They Fit In?

In our previous blog, we talked about ways that staffing agencies can screen potential candidates to determine if they are a match for their clients. Social media is a great indicator of personality and interests, which can also translate to the culture they appreciate. While social media screening is an important step in determining if the candidate is the right choice, cultural fit is another key factor in placing employees. With that in mind, we’re going to explore ways that staffers can take it a step further and really evaluate the type of culture the candidate works best in. To protect your hiring practices and beyond, equip your agency with a Staffing EPLI policy.

Ask the right questions.

As long as you’re not violating the ADA, don’t be afraid to ask direct questions that pertain to the client’s workplace culture. Start with easy questions such as “What’s your favorite food?” or “Do you enjoy sports? If so, what kind?” If the business you’re staffing has a lot of active employees, ask if they like being outdoors. Then, get to the nitty-gritty. For example, you can ask them what their idea of a great manager is or what type of culture they really love to work in.

Think of the big picture.

In addition to exploring their social media pages, you can look at their previous work history to see what types of tasks might play to their strengths and culture preferences.

For example, while your organization may not have previous industries that create a smooth transition to yours, non-industry jobs will still have a major effect on their current working styles. Again, the way you do anything is the way you do everything. If you have a candidate who was a successful nanny, they are likely to be trustworthy, detail oriented, and great multitaskers, explains Ultimate Staffing.

Remember your part.

The way you conduct yourself in the interview and screening process says a lot about your agency and the client you’re working with. Be sure to have answers to all of their questions regarding culture, hours, schedule, and other relevant concerns. If you plan on doing another interview after a social screening, be prepared to bring up any questions you might have, as well.


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