The importance of the cultural fit

After 40 years of observing the hiring process, we have come upon an important truism:

Matching the technical skills of a candidate is important in making a good hire. But not nearly as important as ensuring a cultural fit. Why? Because you can teach technical skills, but you cannot teach culture. The rule we adhere to is as follows:

In an effective hire — matching technical skills is 25% of the equation, while matching culture is 75%.

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Dan Erling