Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg appeared at the Mobile World Congress fair in Barcelona this weekend, and revealed in a speech his secret to hiring new employees. It all boils down to one question: Would I work for that person?
The 30-year-old billionaire was asked during his speech what he looks for in potential employees during job interviews, and his answer was simple yet brilliant.
“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.”
Zuckerberg’s strategy seems to have worked out well for him in the past, as he has hired such notable tech executives as Sheryl Sandberg, who was chosen to become Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer. Zuckerberg spoke to Sandberg’s role at Facebook during his speech at the Mobile World Congress, also noting the importance of keeping as small a staff as possible.
“The most important thing is to keep your team as small as possible,” he said. “[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.”
Earlier in the week, Zuckerberg was confronted with tension from people who’ve alleged that his company has been getting a free ride from telecom operators who host Facebook on their smartphones. Executives for phone companies are said to be annoyed with Internet companies like Facebook and Google because they appear to be generating significant revenue using networks that the phone companies are being forced to invest in.
“Mark Zuckerberg is like the guy who comes to your party and drinks your champagne, and kisses your girls, and doesn't bring anything,” Digicel Group chairman Denis O’Brien told the Wall Street Journal. One of the main points of tension is an application called Whatsapp, a messaging service developed by Facebook that replaces the paid services offered by phone companies. Zuckerberg responded to the ongoing criticism during the Mobile World Congress.
“We have these services that people love and that are drivers of data usage,” he said, “and we want to work this out so that way it's a profitable model for our partners.”