Want the best people to work for you? Then get ready to hire only those who you would be willing to work for. This, Mark Zuckerberg says, is the secret to sifting out top talent during recruitment.
In a townhall with employees and partners, during the Facebook founder and CEO’s trip to Barcelona this past week, he was asked about how he recruits right.
“I would only hire someone to work directly for me if I would work for that person,” was Zuckerberg’s response.
“This rule has served me pretty well,” he said. “I think as long as you have that as your rule for picking the people you work with, you’re not going to go wrong.”
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How do you know when it is the best time to delegate? This was another question posed to Zuckerberg.
He pointed out that different people have different management styles of delegation.
However, as a general rule of management, he believes: “If you get someone who’s really good on your team, they’re going to need the ability to fully exercise their creativity and capacity, or else they will not have the biggest impact.”
At Facebook, he says he does this by keeping the team “as small and flexible as possible.”
“There’s this general idea that as companies get big, they get bloated. One of the biggest things you can do to stay nimble is to stay small and flexible.”
Image: Townhall video