By | Stacey Lastoe | www.themuse.com
These days, being the right person for a job tends to involve a lot more than just showing up with a strong skill set and a passion for the field. More and more companies also want to find someone who’s a good culture fit. What this means varies across organizations and industries, but it suggests that no matter how rock-solid your resume, how airtight your interview answers, if you aren’t deemed the right fit, you may not get an offer.
And yet, because fit can be difficult to determine throughout a couple of interviews or in-person meetings, plenty of individuals find themselves joining companies and quickly realizing that it’s not working—and not because they don’t know how to do the job.
After many years working for the same company, my friend Tim decided it was time to move on. He felt as though he’d outgrown his role at, let’s call it, Company P, and was psyched when Company X came knocking. Although he liked his colleagues quite a bit, the offer at Company X was worth more to him at the time than friendship in a department where he’d already made his mark. After a few weeks at the new gig, Tim and I met for drinks, and I asked him how things were going. Was he liking it as much as he’d anticipated?
Looking distressed, Tim explained that the actual day-to-day components of the job were great. He was working on some exciting projects and he had a ton of responsibility—far more than his former organization had allowed. But, he admitted, he was eating lunch by himself at his desk every day while a group of his co-workers went out without him. The one happy hour he attended left him feeling defeated, like he’d never make any friends.