Magazine article HRMagazine

Cultural Similarities Influence Hiring Decisions

Magazine article HRMagazine

Cultural Similarities Influence Hiring Decisions

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Hiring managers and HR professionals at some elite professional services companies are often more focused on hiring people who share the same hobbies or personalities as them than on hiring people who would do the best work, according to a researcher at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

"Employers really want someone they can bond with, who they will feel good around," says Lauren A. Rivera, an assistant professor of management and organizations and sociology at Northwestern University. "As a result, employers don't necessarily hire the most skilled candidates."

Rivera conducted 120 interviews with professionals involved in undergraduate and graduate hiring in elite U.S. investment banks, law firms and management consulting firms in what she says is the first empirical investigation of whether shared culture between employers and candidates matters in hiring.

More than half of the evaluators in the study ranked cultural fit-the perceived similarities between the applicant and current employees-as the most important criterion at the job interview stage. …

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