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Hiring for cultural fit? HR Scientist Iulia Cioca thinks there’s a better way to complete your team. Find out what characteristics to look for instead.

Hiring for cultural fit – do or don’t?


When hiring new talent, one requirement that is often talked about, is the culture fit – the idea that a candidate should have personality traits that would make them complementary to their coworkers. “I understand why it sounds appealing,” says Iulia Cioca, HR Scientist at Balance HR. “But reinforcing the corporate culture will likely lead to less diverse opinions and ways of working.”

In the video below, filmed during one of our Virtual Coffee workshops, Iulia talks about the downfalls of hiring for culture fit and suggests a valuable alternative. “According to scientific research, openness and learning ability are two important qualities to screen candidates for,” she explains.

“People who are open and eager to learn are likely to challenge rather than dismiss ideas different from their own,” says Iulia. “On top of that, they’re often more accepting of other people, driving inclusion in the workplace.”


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Iulia Cioca

Iulia graduated in Work and Organisational Psychology from the University of Valencia, after an educational journey that started in Romania, and continued through Austria, Italy and Canada. She has worked in different HR consulting and management roles. As an HR Scientist at Balance HR, Iulia is contributing to bringing Better Work for All by identifying HR practices that really work – based on evidence. In addition, she's Head of Content at our partner ScienceForWork, a fellow of CEBMa and a PhD candidate.




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