Fit In the organisation questions

The fit in a workplace culture has become a major consideration. This is revolutionizing the whole concept of job interviews.

Major employers have found that the standard interview methodology simply isn't good enough to get the right people.

Studies, some of them huge, exhaustive studies of the entire corporate workplace, have also found that a bad fit equates to an unproductive person who also literally doesn't fit into the workplace, isn't happy, and doesn't usually achieve much in terms of their career.

It's not exactly an academic exercise.

The workplace, thanks to bad fits, can be a war zone. More time is spent in litigation, absenteeism, grievances, and rehiring for positions where people have been so dissatisfied with the job they've had enough and just leave, than actually doing the work.

The bad fit is a disaster for employers and employees. In the US, it's costing billions, annually.

At the interview, you can expect some psychological questions which will test your fit with the employer.

You need to understand the reasons for the Fit questions, and how they apply to you and your career.

These questions are very much in your interest as an applicant. The term Fit is pretty apt. Some jobs are so stressful that people who fit together as a team are essential. The manager doesn't want to be a referee, and the work needs to be done, not turned into a mediation session.

This isn't a matter of people being unreasonable on the job. Some people simply are not suited for some jobs, and really shouldn't do them. Others cannot and will not fit into a workplace culture.

Relationships become very difficult, and the whole workplace suffers. People are more interested in avoiding the various problems created by bad fits than working. Bad fits result in minimal work effort.

The big studies also found that fit was more important than qualifications and degrees in many cases. That's since been backed up by studies which found that people working in their own preferred fields and workplace cultures were far more productive, and much less stressed.

You won't be surprised to hear that disputes, terminations, grievances and absenteeism were also much reduced.

This is extremely important to you both as a job applicant, and in terms of your career.

You can do something about checking out your fit in a workplace, too. You will be able to form a much better picture of the workplace culture if you research the employer thoroughly.

  • Ask questions.
  • Go and have a look at the place.
  • Ask people who work there about it.
  • What's good about the work? What's good about the people?
  • What's bad about it, or them?

You may think a job's a job, and you have no choice but to go for everything you can. But in practice, a bad fit will have you back unemployed soon enough. A really bad fit can also wreck your work record.

If you're not careful, you can easily wind up with a work record full of holes, over a decade or more. That's quite common, and it's often all about bad fits.

The more you know about what to avoid and what to look for, the more successful you're likely to be.

Careers can't run on thin air and termination notices.

Apply for jobs where you know what you're getting yourself into beforehand.

All workplaces are different. The more you know, the fewer the surprises of the kind you don't want.

At the interview, you'll find yourself a lot better equipped, and you'll know your way around a lot better with your research done and a good idea of what the workplace is all about.

A job can be a joy or a burden you just don't want to carry.

How you fit is how you'll work, and how your career will progress.