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Asked by Tanya on February 13, 2017

What does it mean when recruiters talk about being a “good fit?”

Answered by Ashlyn, Hiring Expert at Worthington Industries, on February 13, 2017

This typically stems from the culture of the organization; do you have the same values as the company; does their mission statement align with your goals; etc. This also takes into consideration your qualifications- do you meet all requirements of the job and if you have the right skill set.

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Answered by Claire, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on February 15, 2017

Hello! Recruiters typically look for a few factors when determining a “good fit” for the organization. Some of these factors include your major and area of interest, your qualifications for the position you are interested in, and cultural fit. Ultimately, employers want to identify a candidate who is not only qualified for the job but also will identify with the company’s values. Good luck!

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Answered by Charlene, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., on February 21, 2017

This is a great question, and I can absolutely see where it may leave some uncertainty with the candidate. A good fit often means that based on the skill set (both job skills and soft skills) needed for someone to be successful in that position.  The recruiter may have knowledge about the work environment, the supervisor's expectations or the skill set and what it is going to take for someone to come in and be supported and hit the ground running.  This is often when the phrase a "good fit" comes into play, as the recruiter wants to ensure that every candidate hired is going to be set up for success and will be supported and will have a long, productive career. As a candidate you can ask some of these questions during the interview to help on your end assess if this is a "good fit" for you!  Good Luck! 

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