When Glassdoor collected interview questions in 2012, among the most common were “What’s your favorite movie?” and “What is your favorite web site?”. Interviewing for culture fit is on the rise, despite growing research indicating that the highest performing teams are more different than they are similar.
As Lauren A. Rivera, assistant professor of management and organizations and sociology at Northwestern University summarizes her study on recent trend in hiring for culture fit:
“My findings demonstrate that—in many respects—employers hire in a manner more closely resembling the choice of friends or romantic partners than how one might expect employers to select new workers. When you look at the decision to date or marry someone what you think about is commonalities. Do you have a similar level of education? Did you go to a similar caliber school? Do you enjoy similar activities? Are you excited to talk to each other? Do you feel the spark? … As a result, employers don't necessarily hire the most skilled candidates."
Beware of the reminds me of me effect. We know that you like you, but do you want to work on a team of individuals with only your strengths set? The best version of your team will draw on a diverse set of technical and personal skills; focus your attention less on commonalities and more on the criteria set established as most important for job performance.