Hiring for Cultural Fit vs. Competence

C2W9SN22RQ5N

Earlier this week I continued my series about the three most important tools a CEO needs to succeed: credibility, competence, and caring. A good CEO cannot thrive on just one of these alone, and last week Brad Feld (author of a blog I follow regularly – Feld Thoughts) brought up a great question about the varying traits and skills of employees at all levels, particularly in early stage companies: Should you hire more for cultural fit or competence?  The short answer: Don’t hire the person who is higher in competence than cultural fit. Check out his article and video titled “Cultural Fit Trumps Competence” in The Wall Street Journal’s The Accelerators blog.

Screen Shot 2012-12-17 at 4.45.16 PM

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *