by Paula Mathews
As the US becomes more diverse and as even small companies reach out globally to employees and customers, cross-cultural understanding becomes ever more important. Most authorities recommend starting with similarities to build understanding at work, including the universal need for respect, communication, and encouragement. All employees need information about the company’s business plan, a chance to hone their skills on the job, appropriate rewards for work, and access to training and resources.
Interviewing can be fun and exciting—the thrill of adding new capabilities to your team, thoughts of growth and expansion. Yet, we seldom recognize the cost of moving too quickly. Hiring for the wrong reasons. Rushing the process.
The cost of taking time to find the right person—and pay them what they are worth—seldom exceeds the cost of retraining, decreased morale and the other costs that go along with hiring a ‘bad fit.’ We can all think of examples of an employee who didn’t really match the culture and dragged down the productivity of those around them once they were made a part of your team. With all that at stake, it’s important to engage in the interview process seriously.
Here are a few tips to make your interviews go as smoothly as possible: