STOP Hiring for a Cultural Fit

Speaker: eric caballero
Company: Mirror Show Management
Track: Lifecycle of IT Employees
Day: Thursday
Room: Cayuga
Time: 11:00 - 11:45



"A-Player", "Team Person", "Culture Fit" and any other trite phrase you can come up with are misnomers that defeat your ability to find great people, build great teams and be truly innovative as a company.

Everybody's looking for the elusive unicorn of a candidate that's going to show up, deliver every day, never sick and makes everyone around them explode with so much motivation resulting in a company so successful that there's bonuses for everyone every week.

According the SHRM, the cost of a bad hire can trend upwards of $240,000.00

You can train for skills, hire for experience and empower to succeed.

You can't alter personality, control life choices and change their Id.

So let's have a real discussion about better ways to build teams and staffing that drives crazy success and not just crazy.


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