One of the most important ways to create a successful organization is to hire the right people (Facebook has nearly 36,000 employees). Zuckerberg has spoken publicly about how he does just that. At the Mobile World Congress tech conference held in Barcelona, Spain, in 2015, he shared what he looked for in employees.
“I will only hire someone to work directly for me if I would work for that person,” Zuckerberg said. “It’s a pretty good test, and I think this rule has served me well.”
Other Facebook executives have since offered additional glimpses into Facebook’s hiring strategy. Jay Parikh, a vice president of engineering, said in a Harvard Business Review article that Facebook measured teamwork abilities in job candidates. So hiring managers ask, “Can you tell me about four people whose careers you have fundamentally improved?”
Parikh said this question was designed to weed out “empire builders, self-servers, and whiners.” Parikh added that “successful candidates should clearly demonstrate that their priorities are company, team, and self — in that order.”
At the 2015 conference, Zuckerberg provided some other tips on building a successful company.
“The most important thing is to keep your team as small as possible,” he told the audience, according to CNN. And “the most important thing is to just have faith in yourself and trust yourself.”
Zuckerberg went on: “When you’re young you hear that you don’t have the experience to do things, that there are people with more experience than you. I started Facebook when I was 19.”
Originally published on Business Insider.
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