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Hiring Practices of Leading Innovative Companies



Lessons from Leading Companies: examples of hiring practices



Google's hiring process

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"Our hiring process is legendary. We have hiring committees that are checked by other committees. An engineering candidate talks to an average of eight engineers. I talked to 20 people before I was hired. I'll ask candidates who aren't engineers how to build a Web crawler. The right answer doesn't matter. I want to hear you think the problem through, because the odds are good that since we're an innovative company, you're not going to know how to do what you're going to be asked to do. You're going to have to figure it out." ~ Douglas Merrill, Google




Larry Ellison quote

When I started Oracle, my primary goal was to create an environment where I would enjoy working with people I enjoyed working with, who I admired and liked.

Larry Ellison


Charles Schwab advice quotes

I took anybody. They were a full collection of people. They took risks in their careers. Some were misfits at other places. I took a lot of misfits in.

Charles Schwab


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"Part of what made the Macintosh great was that the people working on it were musicians, and poets, and artists, and zoologists, and historians who also happened to be the best computer scientists in the world."
~ Steve Jobs, Apple

"We hire people and screen them for what we call BVAC characteristics:
Bright, Verbal, Assertive, Creative."
~ Hal Tovin, Citizens Financial Group




Bill Gates advice

Pick good people, use small teams, give them excellent tools... so that they are very productive in terms of what they are doing.

Bill Gates


▪ Perception of connections between different areas of knowledge

▪ At-a-glance linguistic ability to interpret software code

▪ Obsessive concern with the problem on hand, even when away from work

▪ Great powers of concentration

▪ Photographic recall of their work




Peter Drucker management quotes

Rather than hiring for talent, charisma, or a broad set of skills, organizations would be better off if they prioritized effectiveness.



Elon Musk quotes on business, entrepreneurship, iunnovation, team, success, achievement

As much as possible, avoid hiring MBAs. MBA programs don't teach people how to create companies.

Elon Musk