Person-Job Fit: A match made in hiring

Find out how alignment between candidate drives and job characteristics benefits both the employer and employee.

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What’s Inside?

A lack of fit between person and job produces a multitude of serious issues. This white paper outlines the benefits of checking for alignment between the factors that motivate candidates and what the job offers during the hiring process. Results from a recent study we conducted illustrate the impact on the employee experience. Specifically, fit between candidate drives and job characteristics produces employees who experience:

  • Positive job satisfaction
  • Enhanced well-being
  • Healthy work engagement
  • Strong organisationals commitment
  • And much more!

What is person-job fit?

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Person-job fit is a concept that focuses on the compatibility between an individual and their job.

It is based on the premise that employees can be more successful, productive, and satisfied when they are in roles that complement their skills and interests.

Consequently, person-job fit has become an important area of focus for employers looking to create effective work environments and optimize employee performance.

Person-job fit considers how well a given candidate's qualifications match up with the expectations of the job in terms of experience level, knowledge base, technical capabilities, and overall personality traits. This allows employers to measure how likely it is for a particular person to excel in a given role by seeing how compatible they are with its requirements.

By understanding what type of candidate will be best suited for each role, employers can ensure that they hire those who will be most likely to succeed.

Why is person-job fit important?

Person-job fit is an important concept for businesses to understand in order to maximize employee performance and satisfaction. It is essential for employers to consider this before making a hiring decision as having an appropriate person-job fit can lead to better retention rates, improved productivity and greater job satisfaction.

The goal of person-job fit is to bring together two parties: a potential employee who has the right competencies that meet the needs of their role; and an employer who provides them with opportunities that allow their employees' skillset to shine.

How do you measure a person's job fit?

When looking to fill a job, employers are often faced with the challenge of how to evaluate whether an applicant is the best fit. In order to measure job fit and make sure they are hiring the right person for the role, there are a few key steps that employers should take.

First, it's important for employers to have a clear understanding of what it takes to be successful in the role and create concrete criteria which applicants must meet in order to qualify. This could include necessary experience or qualifications, as well as any preferred skills or knowledge that would increase their chances of being chosen.

Once these requirements have been established, employers can then review applicants' resumes and cover letters in order to assess whether they possess all the necessary skills and competencies required for success.

Skill tests and assessments are often a popular choice to measure job fit than traditional methods of recruiting.

Read more about measuring person-job fit in our white paper which you can download at the top of this page.

What makes a person a good fit for a job?

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A good fit for a job is determined by more than just the skills listed on a resume. When considering a potential candidate, employers should evaluate whether that individual has the right qualities and characteristics to be successful in the role.

Being able to demonstrate initiative, creativity, and problem-solving abilities are important traits for most positions. Employers also value candidates who have strong communication and interpersonal skills, as well as enthusiasm and dedication to their work. In addition, having technical experience related to the job can make applicants even more desirable.

These attributes can give employers an idea of how well-suited a person is for a job. A combination of experience, aptitude, attitude, and motivation makes for an ideal employee who will be able to hit the ground running with minimal training or supervision.

What is the difference between job fit and person-job fit?

Job fit and person-job fit are two related but distinct concepts used by employers to select the right employee for a particular job.

Job fit refers to the process of determining whether an applicant's skills, qualifications, and experience are appropriate for a given job position.

Person-job fit is an even more detailed analysis that considers both the individual characteristics of an applicant and how they would specifically match up with a given job position.

Person-job fit goes beyond just looking at qualifications; it looks at how well the applicant might perform in the role.

Factors such as personality, values, motivation levels, problem-solving skills, communication style and other specific attributes are all taken into consideration when evaluating how well an applicant fits with a certain position. This type of evaluation enables employers to make better hiring decisions by identifying applicants who will be successful in their new roles from day one.

Person–Job Fit and Innovation Behavior

When the right people match the right job it can lead to increased innovation behavior, resulting in more efficient production methods, better outcomes and improved profitability.

Research has shown that when people are placed in jobs that align with their skills and interests, they tend to be more motivated and engaged at work.

This leads to higher levels of creativity as workers feel empowered to come up with new ideas or solutions that could benefit the organization.

Additionally, when employees have a better understanding of how their job fits into the company's overall mission, it can help them have a greater sense of ownership over their work which also encourages creative thinking. Ultimately, this leads to increased innovation behavior which will result in improved performance across all areas of the business.

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Person-Job Fit: A match made in hiring

Focusing on data reduced the subjective decision making from our hiring process and allowed us to reduce bias and make better hiring decisions.

Izzie, Head of HR, iZettle, Sweden
Izzie, Head of HR, iZettle, Sweden

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