Mark Zuckerberg talked about the one question he asks himself when hiring someone who will eventually, or could work for him directly – and it actually is sound hiring advice.
Mark Zuckerberg has built a billion dollar empire at Facebook, which now spans far beyond social networking or what a user can do on Facebook itself. There is the advertising platform that serves thousands of businesses, there is the work that the company is doing in the virtual reality space, and then there is the Internet development project that the company has been working on for a couple of years now, as well. However, at Mobile World Congress 2015 the world got a look inside what Zuckerberg thinks when he’s determining whether he will hire someone, or whether he will pass on them.
Referring to the team that works directly with him, he said, “I will only hire someone to work directly for me if I would work for that person.” Which caught some people off guard, however, giving that statement some thought – it makes completely logical sense. While it may seem like something that no manager or CEO would ever say – the basis for what he is saying is absolutely accurate. At the end of the day, the best employees are those who can work well with others and can be multiple things at one time.
That being said though, Zuckerberg also pointed out that Facebook isn’t the ideal landing spot for everyone. Every company is different, and at the end of the day every operation has different needs, and in this situation – he is someone who has a clear vision, but is also willing to see what the rest of the team is bringing to the table. Perhaps not just one of the best corporate executives of our generation – but also one of the best team players and managers of our generation.
All of that being said though there was another piece of advice that Zuckerberg said would be important for those looking for a job, but also for those who are putting together teams. At the end of the day, he said, “The most important thing is to keep your team as small as possible.” He went on to point out how many people Facebook serves, but reminded listeners that the company employs “fewer than 10,000 people.”