• Best way to know
if someone is an A-Player: work with them • 2nd best way: some A-Player you have worked with vouches for them • 3rd best way: interview process – Your sole goal is to determine if they are an A-Player • Really bad way: rely on the resume 2 Why Interview People
Spend 15-30 min preparing: 1.
Actually read the resume: interesting traits, inconsistencies, thesis, more 2. Read notes in your internal HR CRM: what do other people in your company think? How did they hear about the job? Cover letter. 3. Prep specific questions for the person: craft new questions. Customize your standard questions. 3 The Pre-interview
• Show up on time
– End on time (or earlier – feel free to make it short) – Be respectful of their time • Have an agenda (in your mind) on how the interview should go. – Watch the clock • (you can generalize this to all meetings) 4 The meeting: high-level notes
• Get them to teach
you something – Few ppl can simply explain complex concepts • Ask them insightful questions about things they should know a lot about – Their field of study or thesis or paper • Ask hard questions – And make sure they are interesting • Most brain-teasers are bad … so be careful 5 Interview Dos Recent Rapleaf hire Grant Lee taught me how to play chess during our interview
6 Interview Don’ts • Don’t
ask too many questions regarding your company – Ask them similar questions about their past companies or about a fictitious company • Don’t ask questions that people just solve. Get them to interact with you. • Don’t talk more than 25% of the time.
7 Key things to learn
• Is this person scary smart? • How does this person take feedback? • Are they curious? Do they ask great questions? Do they engage? • Are they unsatisfied with mediocre answers? • Can they communicate well? • Are they nice and treat people well?