Lois Krause is an HR consultant at KardasLarson, LLC. She has previously held multiple HR senior leadership position and has over 25 years of experience. On November 29, 2017, Lois talked to SHRM@QU members about hiring for culture, what this means and the steps you need to take to successfully hire for culture. Lois defined cultural fit, which includes examining how employees get along with people in the area, their values alignment with the organization, and determining if they believe in the organization’s mission and vision. Lois presented research about cultural fit highlighting that bad cultural fits can cost 30% of the 1st year’s salary. If employees feel they do not fit, they constantly look for ways to fit in, which can distract and result in a loss in productivity. Lois also talked about the concepts of skill and will and how it impacts cultural fit. Skills can be taught or enhanced but attitudes, values and ethics are much more difficult to change. She also discussed diversity and hiring for cultural fit. Finding common ground is key. She recommends looking for similarities and noted that people are more similar than they are different. Lois emphasized the importance of hiring candidates with the desired skills and best cultural fit for the position. Every organization has a unique culture, analyze and define organizational values/behaviors, use those values and behaviors for hiring and remember not every skill-based, qualified, candidate holds the same values as the organization.