Company Culture and Hiring

company culture

When you consider hiring that new employee, it’s important to understand your company culture. Many organizations don’t pay attention to their culture, so it just develops over time. The problem is that the culture that develops may not be one that you, the owner, envisioned. So what can you do to ensure that your company culture is one that reflects your vision?

The first step is to define your culture and make sure that you’re hiring individuals that fit the culture. Steven Hunt states that cultural fit impacts employee retention and performance as well as organizational growth and profitability. Employees will thrive regardless of organizational changes as long as their beliefs align with those of the organization. Your vision for your company will enroll and inspire like-minded individuals. It’s best to work with those that believe what you believe because they will work the hardest to ensure you reach your organizational goals. So pay attention to the culture that you’re creating since it can affect your employees, which impacts your success.

If you’re still not sure about how to hire individuals that align with your vision, then start with DISC. DISC is a communication tool that explores your emotions and observable behaviors. Everyone has different communication styles and those styles tend to have career preferences. By knowing the different career preferences, you can select individuals that would fit into a certain role. Let’s look at the preferred careers for each of the 4 DISC styles…


Dominant (D)

D’s tend to prefer high power positions and careers where they can take charge. They would be attracted to the following positions:

  • President/CEO (formally recognized leader)
  • Politician
  • Military  leader
  • Business owner
  • Entrepreneur


Influence (I)

I’s tend to like careers where they can mingle and gain positive feedback from others. They love socializing, so these careers tend to fit them:

  • Public relations
  • Entertainment (acting, singing, reporting, being on stage, etc.)
  • Professional host (talk show, party, restaurant, etc.)
  • Salesperson
  • Personal interviewer


Steady (S)

S’s tend to be attracted to secure positions where they can specialize in a particular area. They appreciate feeling like they’re apart of a team, so they prefer the following careers:

  • Financial services
  • Social worker
  • Teacher
  • Librarian
  • Insurance agent


Conscientious (C)

C’s strive for perfection and accuracy in all things. They tend to like careers that allow them to achieve completeness and creativity, which tends to be the following:

  • Forecasters (weather, political, etc.)
  • Data analysts
  • Inventors
  • Engineers
  • Research scientists


Remember, these preferences aren’t set in stone because people have a variety of things that influence how well they will perform in certain jobs. The list above is just a quick suggestion guide to help you be more aware of the different styles and their possible preferences. The takeaway is just to be aware of how organizational culture and your personal interests can influence your success. Jim Rohn says it best, “The only way we can reasonably decide what we want in the future and how we’ll get there is to know where we are right now and what our current level of satisfaction is.”