Mark Zuckerberg’s one rule for hiring people at Facebook

If only there was some secret that would give you all the insight into making the perfect hire every time, right?

Sorry, I don’t have it. But I have got something to add to your arsenal in the meantime – insight from Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg recently held a Town Hall type Q&A at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, reports CNN, and said he has one rule for hiring people at Facebook. Zuckerberg is thirty years old and worth $34.8 billion, so it’s probably a good idea to find out what that is. Let’s see what he had to say, shall we?

“I will only hire someone to work directly for me if I would work for that person,” Zuckerberg said. “I think this rule has served me pretty well.”

He went on to stress the importance of a keeping a small team, saying, “Facebook is not a company for everyone in the world.” And, in response to a query about delegating to other people: “The most important thing is to keep your team as small as possible. [Facebook] serves more than a billion people around the world but our team has fewer than 10,000 people. It’s only possible because of modern technology. Big companies get bloated.”

This isn’t the first time Zuckerberg has dropped a pearl of business wisdom before a crowd. Last year, at his first ever public Q&A session at Facebook’s California headquarters, he answered the question of why he wears the same grey t-shirt every day.

Zuckerberg explained that there are, in fact, several of the same shirt, which is good because otherwise he’d be kind of smelly. (He doesn’t actually wear it every day either. There are many pictures of him wearing different shirts, but he does usually look like he’s wearing some variation on a theme.)

He then went on to say:

“I really want to clear my life to make it so that I have to make as few decisions as possible about anything except how to best serve this community. There’s actually a bunch of psychology theory that even making small decisions, around what you wear or what you eat for breakfast or things like that, they kind of make you tired and consume your energy. My view is I’m in this really lucky position where I get to wake up every day and help serve more than 1 billion people, and I feel like I’m not doing my job if I spend any of my energy on things that are silly or frivolous about my life, so that way I can dedicate all of my energy towards just building the best products and services and helping us reach our goal and achieve this mission of helping to connect everyone in the world and giving them the ability to stay connected with the people that they love and care about. So, that’s what I care about. Even though it sounds silly that that’s my reason for wearing a grey t-shirt every day, it is true.”

He then pointed out that others throughout history have done the same, like Steve Jobs, who was usually wearing a black mock neck.


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