The Importance of Hiring Late
Jason Fried is the co-founder and President of 37signals, the Chicago-based web-application company. He has co-authored all of 37signals' books, including the upcoming, "Rework," as well as the 'minimalist manifesto,' "Getting Real: The Smarter, Faster, Easier Way to Build a Successful Web Application" He also helps to maintain the company's popular blog, Signal vs. Noise, and is regularly invited to speak around the world on entrepreneurship, design, management, and software.
\r\nTry them out. So we try to try people out, we give them a project. \r\n When we hire designers, we give them a project to do for us, a one-week\r\n project to do for us and we pay them for their time. So because, when \r\nyou look at someone's resume or the work that they’ve done, you don’t \r\nreally know like, was this just them or did they work on a team, it’s \r\nvery hard to tell. And a lot of work, especially with developers, you \r\ncan’t see their code because it’s written for proprietary product that’s\r\n owned by a company. So we looked at the open source world, because \r\nthat code's available. We can look at their actual code submissions and\r\n look at their documentation, look at all the stuff that they’ve \r\nactually contributed, not said they’ve contributed. So we want to try \r\nto get to real as soon as we can. So real code, a real design. If we \r\nhave to hire someone temporarily on a project basis to show us what they\r\n can do, that’s far more valuable than looking at their resume or \r\nlooking at their portfolio because that’s usually not a great \r\nrepresentation of who they are today.
Recorded on July 22, 2010
Interviewed by Peter Hopkins
Always hire after you need someone, "after it hurts," not before. When companies ramp up fast in anticipation of work to be done, it can be really hard to hire good people.
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