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Hiring for culture fit doesn’t have to undermine diversity

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Sep 18, 2019

On September 18, 2019, the Harvard Business Review (HBR) published an article by Mr. Hofmans and Mr. Judge on how although most managers would agree that it is important to hire people who fit in, the idea of hiring for culture fit has become controversial. Their work suggests it need not be.

Most of the controversy boils down to a single key issue: the wrong definition of culture fit. The confusion over what culture fit is has given rise to a number of common misconceptions. Clearing these up can help managers improve their talent strategies.

The misconceptions include:

  1. Culture fit is a “nice to have” but not a necessity
  2. Hiring for culture fit hurts diversity
  3. Hiring for culture fit hurts innovation
  4. Hiring for culture fit is an art, not science

Review the full article on the HBR's website.

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