But if at the interview you show enough to suggest that you have more than enough talent and ability to do the job, and you don’t fart (or at least not deliberately) then just what does the reason “doesn’t have the right cultural fit”…actually mean?
Is cultural fit simply a pseudonym for illegal discrimination , whether of sex, colour, religion or age?
I was interviewed last week for a position in Exeter. The interview seemed to go well, but the reason behind my failure to secure a job offer was given as the lack of “cultural fit”.
The reason given may have been a weak excuse, of course, but there’s no way of proving this.
Or since I was interviewed by my prospective line manager it may have been that it was her culture that I didn’t fit into, rather than the company’s she was employed by…
I mentioned to her that I don’t have a passion for direct marketing (though I do have an undoubted talent for it). In fact I spend man hours advocating its use, evangelically.
But I don’t believe that anyone in their right mind can be passionate about marketing. About Football, yes. And Family, certainly! I am adversarial and evangelical, yes, but passionate? I reserve the word “passionate” for matters of the heart, like loving my wife, my children and football team.
But passionate about an intellectual activity?
It’s as inappropriate as being passionate about a mathematical equation. Or religion. Once you’re convinced of its verity you take it on board.
Perhaps “cultural fit” in practise simply means that one’s line manager needs to feel comfortable in your presence. Whether you fart loudly or not.