|Hays: Japan Employment Decisions Increasingly Driven by Cultural Fit
Hays (ACN Newswire)
2012-05-14 Tokyo, May 14, 2012 - ( ACN Newswire ) - Employers and employees in Japan increasingly rate cultural fit as the most important criteria when hiring or joining a company, says recruiting experts Hays.
According to Hays, candidates have been turning down jobs where they didn't feel a cultural fit with the potential employer be it an entrepreneurial attitude, the proper work/life balance, creativity, or how they communicate with others.
Employers, at the same time, are considering not only a candidate's technical skills, but whether or not they will work well within the existing company culture.
"We have seen many cases where an employer will train a candidate in the necessary technical skills if they are otherwise the right cultural fit for the business," says Christine Wright, Hays Operations Director, Asia. "These candidates usually go on to enjoy long-term tenure with the employer.
"There are countless cases where a potential candidate holds an impressive resume and excels in the required technical skills, but ultimately fails to fit with the team or align with the organisation's way of doing business, its values and its belief system.
"In these cases, their actual on-the-job behaviour is inconsistent with the values and expectations of the team they are working with, and the organisation as a whole. They are not able to make the best possible contribution, which can be costly to the organisation.
"By considering not only a candidate's technical skills, but their cultural and team fit, an organisation is far more likely to get recruitment right the first time, in avoiding a cultural mismatch."
Tips for employers
According to Hays, in most cases employers assess cultural fit based on a solid series of behavioural interview questions.
"Behavioural interviews allow you to see how a candidate approaches various work situations, and assess whether their behaviour matches the way your organisation conducts business," says Christine. "It displays whether a candidate's attitudes and behaviours are shared by your business.
"We have also seen cases of role play used for suitable vacancies, such as customer service or sales. Trial periods, or even participation in a team dinner or function, are other successful strategies to help you assess the potential fit."
Tips for candidates
To prepare for an interview, Hays advises candidates to research the organisation and gain an understanding of its values and way of doing business. Then think about examples that illustrate how your way of operating matches the employer's, to demonstrate how your values and attitudes are a fit.
While technical skills and experience are of course important to get your foot in the door, Hays says it is the ability to sell your alignment to the company's values that will demonstrate your cultural fit.
Hays, the world's leading recruiting experts in qualified, professional and skilled people.
Hays is the leading global specialist recruiting group. It is the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide.
Hays Specialist Recruitment Japan KK ("Hays Japan") operates across the private sector, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments. Hays Japan is the only foreign recruitment company in Japan to operate specialist business units composed of professionals with experience and expertise in the sectors they cover. Hays Japan's thirteen specialisms span Accountancy & Finance, Banking, Finance Technology, Human Resources, Hays Resource Management, Information Technology, Insurance, Legal, Life Sciences, Office Professionals, Property, Sales & Marketing and Supply Chain.
Hays Japan is also the only foreign recruitment company in Japan to operate three local offices, serving the Kanto region from Akasaka and Shinjuku, and Kansai from central Osaka.
Hays Japan is the local representative office for Hays plc, which is a global company with more than 7,988 staff operating from 247 offices across 31 countries.
Hays operates in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, United Kingdom and USA.
For more information, please visit www.hays.co.jp/en/.
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