Part of the problem is to do with a concept called “culture fit”. Originally, culture fit described the candidate’s ability to conform and adapt to the values and behaviors of the organization.
Although this may seem harmless, it’s often used in the wrong way, as Effik explains in the podcast, “In advertising, we used to have this thing. Somebody has the skills for this job and then you do the last meeting, the culture fit. Is this person a culture fit? Does this person fit in? And when you think about it, what does this really say? That‘s basically saying; Is this person one of us? We have decided when talking about Black and Brilliant, it‘s not culture fit, it‘s culture add.”
Changing your company’s mindset to “culture add” will also be beneficial, as the people you hire will not only value the company’s standards and workplace culture but also bring an aspect of diversity that positively contributes to your organization.