During a recent public appearance in Barcelona CEO Mark Zuckerberg talked about how to get hired at Facebook.
Every month, the founder of world renowned social media site Facebook makes a public appearance, a sort of “town hall” meeting during which he takes on various subjects given by Facebook employees and users. These events take place worldwide.
In Barcelona, he talked about a test he usually uses to see whether the applicant is worthy of hiring. He described it as a “pretty good test” and continued by saying that the only way he could hire someone to work for him would be if he would feel he could also work for that certain someone.
“I will only hire someone to work directly for me if I would work for that person.”
Using this test, Zuckerberg managed to hire some of the best technology executives in the world. Sheryl Sandberg is the best example. She was hired for the position of chief operating officer and is probably “the most famous woman in tech world”.
Zuckerberg said she is like a mentor to him and that her contribution helped him develop his Facebook business into what it is today.
Being a thriving business, one would expect a large number of employees. The reality is different when it comes to Facebook as the young businessman has a different perspective on staff. He explained how, to him “the most important thing is to keep your team as small as possible”. He added that:
“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 was the second time this week Zuckerberg had a public debate session in Barcelona. The first event took place at the Mobile World Congress where everyone was expecting him to dispute with telecom firms over proper ways of offering internet access to people in various regions around the world. Instead, people were disappointed (and some had even fallen asleep) during his speech about making peace with the companies.
The general atmosphere at the Mobile World Congress was a friendly one, with telecom firms talking about collaborations with Facebook and the monetary benefits these projects would bring them.
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