Organizational Fit Madness

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Photo by: Adam Przewoski

This morning I read this delightful article from one of my HR Heroes Laurie Ruettimann (, it really shades light on some of the ridiculous practices that continue to be perpetrated by organizations. Now in Laurie’s article she states there is no such a thing as organizational culture and fit, which I disagree. There is definitely organizational culture and there are definitely those who know how to fit in, but it just does not matter when it comes to making a hiring decision. I know many will disagree because it is too soon to be shaking up “the culture and fit bandwagon.” But there is a time and place for all that.

Do you want someone who can do the job and do the job well? Which equates to making the organization more successful, or do you want someone that knows how to fit in? Shockingly enough many hiring decisions across this country is made solely on the second option. Friendship clubs become more important than building teams that will actually help you meet organizational goals.

If you ask a hiring person why they turned down a candidate, if their response is something along the lines of “oh they are not a good fit.” Ask why? I am willing to bet that 9 out of 10 times the answer that follows will be blatantly discriminatory and illegal.




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Filling out endless amounts of applications all comes with the territory of being entry level, but some of the nonsense that I have been coming across lately has really been contributing to me going insane!   I keep talking about this particular application I came across with anyone and everyone that will listen because I am still completely annoyed with what happened.

You see I was filling out this poorly developed application (this is my field I know this stuff) for about 30 minutes when all of a sudden I was hit with the most ridiculous question yet! I was asked my marital status. Some of you may think okay Erika what is the big deal? Just answer the question.

Well unless you are some very cute man with a Caribbean accent about to buy me a Watermelon Long Island at the club, my marital status has nothing to do with you or your stupid application. Does my husband somehow increase or decrease my ability to perform the duties you are seeking from a candidate? Where is the logic!

As I assess the entire situation the only logical conclusion I can come up with is that I was really filling out an application for some creepers who are looking for singles to be a part of their “organization” AKA the street corner. Maybe the application was developed in another country where a woman’s marital status determines if she can work or not.

Either way, these folks need to hire people like me that will develop more effective applications to maximize  quality talent pool, but no… they are too busy hiring people with 20 years of experience who continue the same pointless practices they have been doing for the past 20 years( such as developing horrible applications). Yet these organizations ask for innovation. HA! If you want innovation hire someone who barely remembers Reagan and can tell you their favorite Power Ranger! I’m talking about a Millennial dang it!  And more specifically I’m talking about this millennial!