What The Top Leaders Say About Hiring (Or Why Recruiting Right Should Be Your Top Task)

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Your employees are one of your biggest investments. Salary costs are a huge outgoing – and yet if your recruitment process isn’t as good as it can be, much of this expense and time is being wasted. Getting hiring right will, conversely, see your business become more profitable and financially sustainable. But don’t just take our word for it. See below for what some of our most successful business leaders think about recruitment.

  • “I will only hire someone to work directly for me if I would work for that person…I think this rule has served me pretty well.”

Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO, Facebook

  • “Hire people who are better than you are, then leave them to get on with it. Look for people who will aim for the remarkable, who will not settle for the routine.”
  • “If each of us hires people who are smaller than we are, we shall become a company of dwarfs. But if each of us hires people who are bigger than we are, we shall become a company of giants.”

David Oglivy, ‘the Father of Advertising’, founder of Ogilvy & Mather

  • “I am convinced that nothing we do is more important than hiring and developing people. At the end of the day you bet on people, not on strategies.”

Lawrence Bossidy, Former COO of General Electronics

“When people are financially invested, they want a return. When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute.”

Simon Sinek, author and consultant

  • “Before you start recruiting, decide what attributes you want and define as a group what great looks like… A good rule of thumb is to hire only people who are better than you.”

Lazlo Bock, Senior VP People Operations, Google

  • “For more than 40 years, I have felt that one of my most important jobs is to attract and motivate great people who genuinely feel their job is more important than just money.”

Richard Branson, founder, Virgin

  • “When I hire somebody really senior, competence is the ante. They have to be really smart. But the real issue for me is, Are they going to fall in love with Apple? Because if they fall in love with Apple, everything else will take care of itself. They’ll want to do what’s best for Apple, not what’s best for them, what’s best for Steve, or anybody else.”
  • “It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people to tell them what to do. We hire smart people to tell us what to do.”

Steve Jobs, co-founder, Apple

  • “The best thing you can do for employees—a perk better than foosball or free sushi—is hire only ‘A’ players to work alongside them. Excellent colleagues trump everything else.

Patty Mccord, formerly Chief Talent Office, Netflix.

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