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"Hire fully formed adults"


Sometimes an article or blog post resonates with you deeply. 


The Netflix HR slides did for me.


One of my first roles was as a Program Manager at a start-up that built enterprise network and systems management software. I was employee #11 in the Sydney office, and I somehow ended up doing most of the hiring over those formative years. In hind-sight, it was ridiculous to have a 22 year old kid doing the interviewing for all the dev and test roles, but we didn’t know better, and hey – that’s why start-ups sometimes succeed when you don’t expect them to. They don’t listen when you tell them it shouldn’t be done.


Looking back – I was purely hiring on “cultural fit”. Essentially; Was the person someone that you would be excited to work with. That was the test.


We certainly made mistakes and we probably had a few too many “brilliant jerks”, but they were still some of the best years of my career.


Because when you surround your staff with awesome people - it's a great place to work.




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