Six-Figure Hotline: What are Recruiters Looking for in Terms of Cultural Fit?

dave-optonAs part of ExecuNet membership, I conduct a bi-weekly teleconference called Six-Figure Hotline where members call in to ask the questions keeping them up at night, and to gain market and trend insight from the career experts who join me in talking about issues that are important to executives today.

In one such teleconference, I was joined by executive recruiter Tony Palmer, and a member asked us, “What are recruiters looking for in terms of cultural fit when they interview candidates?”

Imagine the getting hired process in three parts:

  • Skills and experience: The resume answers if you’re in the ballpark.
  • Motivation: Why is the job right for you and why are you right for the company?
  • Chemistry: Are you someone my client’s team will want to be working in close quarters with each and every day?

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Dave Opton

Dave Opton

Dave Opton founded ExecuNet in 1988 to provide a trusted environment where senior-level executives could build career opportunities by facilitating connections to other executives, experts and key market insights. Dave has drawn upon his 35 years of experience in human resources to develop and grow what has become the leading business and career membership network for executives and senior managers. A widely recognized executive career management expert, Dave is regularly quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Business Week, Fortune, Fast Company, and other leading business publications. Mr. Opton received his BA from Indiana University.

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