Be Careful When Hiring for "Cultural Fit"

December 06, 2018 • Zach DiSchiano


A new study from Frontline Research and Learning Institute found districts prioritize “cultural fit” over experience and training when hiring teachers.

The study surveyed nearly 600 school and district hiring managers across the nation from mostly urban and suburban areas. More than 60 percent of respondents said cultural fit is “very important” when hiring. The second-highest trait was teacher training, but only 40 percent of respondents marked that as “very important.”

The issue with hiring for “cultural fit” is the lack of definition for what that actually means, and if you’re not careful, it can lead to unintentional bias that undermines efforts to promote diversity.

For details on the survey and how to navigate hiring for culture, check out this article from Education Week.

Zach DiSchiano is a communications specialist at TASB HR Services. Send Zach an email at

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