Yesterday I saw an article about a monthly town hall meeting Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg had in Barcelona. He was speaking about Facebook’s hiring process, and he said when he’s looking at bringing someone on board, he asks one simple question to determine if it’s a good fit or not.
Would I be happy working for this person?
He said “I will only hire someone to work directly for me if I would work for that person. It’s a pretty good test.”
When I read the article, it made me think – and after reflecting on it a bit, I think Mark’s on to something with this.
One of the criteria I’ve used for hiring for many years now is chemistry. Does this person have good chemistry with me and the rest of the team? Does this person demonstrate a humble, teachable spirit? If the answer to both of those is yes, then we move ahead. I think those questions relate to Mark’s question. If I have the opportunity to work for someone I genuinely like being around, who leads from a place of humility and teachability, that’s a good place to be.
Leaders, I think this is a great question to ask when we look at adding to our teams. If the answer is no, put the brakes on and find someone who’s a better fit.
What do you think of Mark’s question?