Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg reveals his simple secret for hiring


As the founder of one of the most successful companies, When Mark Zuckerberg gives advice on work it is good to become all ears. At the MWC 2015 at Barcelona this week, the 30-year old Facebook founder revealed what he would look for a prospective employee. Unlike expected, the answer was very simple.

Mark Zuckerberg at Q&A session at MWC 2015, Barcelona


“I will only hire someone to work directly for me if I would work for that person,” Mr Zuckerberg told the audience. “It’s a pretty good test and I think this rule has served me well.”

Recently Sheryl Sandberg was appointed as the company’s chief operating officer and is obvious that she is one of the person who has passed the test. When the audience asked Zuckerberg, what it is like to work with her, he replied saying that he considered her a mentor and someone who has been lever in building Facebook into a business and ‘healthy organization.’

When compared to the other tech giants in the Silicon Valley, such as Google, Facebook has relatively small number of employees (around 1/5th of Google). Zuckerberg quoted that this aspects is the integral for the success of the social media company.

“The most important thing is to keep your team as small as possible,” he went on. “[Facebook] serves more than a billion people around the world but our team has fewer than 10,000 people. It’s only possible because of modern technology. Big companies get bloated.”

At the public Q&A session of the world’s biggest wireless phone fair (MWC at Barcelona), he was asked if Facebook has ambitions apart from the social media and internet. He replied that is company is focused for now without revealing any future plans.

Facebook’s goal of connecting people globally is quite broad, he said. The width and the breadth includes enabling people to share their own photos and videos and message each other as well as giving businesses a platform. Also, the company is currently trying to pull in more users in the developing country through his initiative internet.org and developing its virtual-reality technology.