Steve Job’s hiring philosophy isn’t unique. Yet, effective. It is not unique because it is a result of a practical experience. A practical reaction to what was happening daily. He got this experience after he tried and failed to hire the right candidate during the startup phase. Steve Jobs figured out that the common hiring rules applied to hiring didn’t serve the purpose of Apple.

 He decided not to stick to the rules and figure out by himself what to do. Based on the results he got, he decided to try something else. He knew the attributes of a good  manager very well. They are not necessarily usable in a manager with a 5-page CV. In most of the scenarios, they are available in a candidate  who had never been a manager before. That’s what Steve Jobs was unique in, figuring out what worked.  Entrepreneurs normally find out from the results what didn’t work and have an intuition that tells what works. They ignore what business books say for what really goes. When an entrepreneur starts his startup company, the first thing he desires to do is selecting the best prospects.  To select the best nominee, he should learn the rules

The rules say:

  • To hire a manage with a 10 plus management experience.
  • Allocate a budget for hiring him paying the big salary.
  • To let him manage. Whatsoever he does and say is correct. He is the one with the experience the company needs. The entrepreneur is still young and he should let the wise guys take initiatives.
  •  When there is a problem between a manager and his employee, the employer should support the manager. He knows what he is doing.

“We are going to be  a big company, let’s hire professional management. We went out and hired  bunch of a professional management – it didn’t work at all. Most of them were bozos.  They knew how to manage, but they didn’t know the way of doing anything! “, said Steve Jobs.

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So, who knows how to do things?

Steve Job’s hiring philosophy is reflected in the answer of this question. He believes that a person who know how to do things is the person who doesn’t need to be managed. He knows what he has to do and he figures out the way of doing it. Jobs called this person; the great person. In this case, it sounds easy to find a great person, doesn’t it. Even so, try to find this person and, good luck. One may be lucky to find this candidate among managers with big CVs.

The requirements of utilizing Steve Job’s hiring philosophy:

  • Leadership
  • A vision. An entrepreneur needs to sound out the vision, making sure that the employee understand it.             

A great employee should work based on a vision. And the leader is the one who should make this vision clear to the employee. I believe that Steve Job’s Hiring Philosophy is effective.

In conclusion, great employees don’t need to be managed. Hire great employees. And practice leadership. Don’t go for managers with big CVs just because the book said so. Make a group of great employees and share the company’s vision with them.