Technical Skills VS. Cultural Fit

Recently, while having a catch up with a candidate to discuss a potential opportunity in the Brisbane market, the candidate spoke about how he can’t understand why he has failed to secure the right role with an organisation in 2 months.

The candidate went on to tell me how he had gone over his resume with a fine-tooth comb, attended interviewing courses and had even re-evaluated his rate. As his new recruiter I asked him to think about the level of roles he was applying for. I suggested that maybe the roles he was applying for were too senior – he took this on board but stood by his feeling that Hiring Managers are recruiting candidates that, on paper, have strong technical skills but may not have the passion, drive or cultural fit to really succeed in a role.

At first glance, yes, it is appealing to have someone with an impressive resume and an exciting skillset – however, when I spoke with a client about a current contractor they have, this well known organisation told me that they thought that the candidate they had put in this position was initially perfect, due to the technical skills and background, but over time they failed to work in a team environment or match the culture.

The problem this organisation has is that they hired a candidate who was technically strong but did not posses the interpersonal skills to succeed in a large, dynamic organisation.

Oh, how my candidate was right! How do you hire? Do you recruit someone who is technically strong, but does not demonstrate the right personality, drive and eagerness to succeed in a tough environment?

Take some time today and have a read through this article by Mark Murphy, the author of ‘Hiring for Attitude’.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/danschawbel/2012/01/23/89-of-new-hires-fail-because-of-their-attitude

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We are a Brisbane business developed with the needs of the Queensland market in mind. Being locally owned and operated ensures that we are committed to playing our part in growing the Queensland economy. Eden Ritchie Recruitment was established in March 1996 by Kim Ritchie and Justine Eden, whose combined recruitment industry experience exceeds 40 years. Since its inception Eden Ritchie Recruitment has gone from strength to strength. Why? For the same reason all good businesses succeed; ability, commitment, dedication, self-belief and tenacity. However more important than all of these necessary attributes, there exists the innate understanding that to succeed in this competitive market, we must constantly adapt and recast ourselves to ensure our continuous alignment with the needs of both employers and candidates. We believe that ‘focused’ is the word that best describes our approach to all aspects of the recruitment profession. Our mission statement: To provide a professional, individually tailored recruitment service to both employers and candidates through the development of long term relationships and an understanding of market demands.

2 thoughts on “Technical Skills VS. Cultural Fit

  1. Hi
    I agree with you regrading skills as research indicates any skills can be mastered given 10,000 hrs of input. However I found after talking to recruiters (@Brisbane) that employers are looking for specific skills and 100% match to their dream list. This may indicate that the emphasis is on technical skills since attitude is so difficult to assess and to find a cultural fit is so difficult because of cultural diversity.
    Kind Regards
    Surendra Kulkarni

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