Fit more important than skills: Survey

More companies measuring corporate culture
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/20/2010

Ruth Rappini recently met with a woman who had requested an informational interview. The vice-president of organizational development at Medavie was impressed with the woman’s passion and innovation and while her background in banking and investment analysis was not necessarily a good match, Rappini thought she might be a good fit in Medavie’s communications department.

“One way or the other, I wanted her to work for our company because of the values she had,” she said.

That sentiment is backed by the results of a recent report that found 83 per cent of Canadian senior executives said cultural fit is more important than necessary skills when finding candidates. And a further 82 per cent said corporate culture impacts an organization’s ability to acquire talent, according to the 2010 Canadian Corporate Culture Study by Waterstone Human Capital.