“You don’t hire for skills; you hire for attitude. You can always teach skills.” (Herb Kelleher, Co-Founder of Southwest Airlines)
The days of merely hiring for skills are gone. Nowadays, great organizations have structured cultures and values which serve as the framework for hiring, onboarding, developing, promoting and offboarding people. People are more likely to operate at their best in the organizations to which they culturally fit. As Simon Sinek mentions in his book Start with Why: “We do better in cultures in which we are good fits.”
The following diagram gives us some hints on the correlation between performance and cultural fit. It emphasizes that lack of good performance can be compensated by training and coaching, but poor cultural fit should be considered as a potential dismissal.