Lauren A. Rivera, “Hiring as Cultural Matching: The Case of Elite Professional Service Firms,” American Sociological Review, 2012

Measuring “Good Fit” in Hiring

Lauren A. Rivera conducted interviews about the hiring process at elite professional firms and finds that hiring is about more than matching professional skills and qualifications. Rather, whether the candidate is a “cultural match” isn’t just an anecdotal idea—it truly matters. Similar hobbies and interests may really be the tipping point for hiring committee decisions.

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