on hiring and 3 questions to ask about a candidate
I was just reading the Valve handbook and I found a gem that I think really gets to the core questions you need to answer before hiring or deciding to work with someone:
Hiring well is the most important thing in the universe. Nothing else comes close. It’s more important than breathing. So when you’re working on hiring—participating in an interview loop or innovating in the general area of recruiting—everything else you could be doing is stupid and should be ignored! […] Here are some questions we always ask ourselves when evaluating candidates:
Would I want this person to be my boss? Would I learn a significant amount from him or her? What if this person went to work for our competition?
Across the board, we value highly collaborative people. That means people who are skilled in all the things that are integral to high-bandwidth collaboration—people who can deconstruct problems
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