I've had the opportunity to hear Patty McCord, formerly of Netflix, speak in person and it is a real treat. Here, she shares her unique perspective and experience around hiring the best talent.
Who's hiring you ask? You might be? There's lots of great talent available today and there might be some unique opportunities to pick up a team member that you perhaps could never have attracted. This is a great article to tag and reference.
In truth, one company’s A player may be a B player for another firm. There is no formula for what makes people successful. Many of the people we let go from Netflix because they were not excelling at what we were doing went on to excel in other jobs. Finding the right people is also not a matter of “culture fit.” What most people really mean when they say someone is a good fit culturally is that he or she is someone they’d like to have a beer with. But people with all sorts of personalities can be great at the job you need done. This misguided hiring strategy can also contribute to a company’s lack of diversity, since very often the people we enjoy hanging out with have backgrounds much like our own.