Fit more important than skills

In an environment where teamwork is the rule, culture fit is more important then ever
By David Brown
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/29/2003

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job competition comes down to two fairly evenly matched candidates. The first doesn’t quite have all of the skills you would like for the position but you’re positive he’ll fit in with the culture of the organization. A little extra training and special attention should get him up to speed in short order.

The other candidate has every skill set you’re looking for, and a proven track record of applying those skills, but you’re not as confident about how well she’ll connect with the rest of the group or fit into the organization. Who should you hire?