Hiring a Winner
The key rule: Don't be swayed by a sizzling first interview. You'll need to meet with a top candidate several timesand introduce her to your teamto get a real sense of how she'll fit in, says Lori Goler, vice president of human resources at Facebook. ("We interview in three stages," Goler says.) At Facebook, applicants are also asked how they'd handle a real-life challenge, like fixing a bug. "We're looking to gauge how they think," says Goler. And don't be afraid to give some homework on a tight deadline, à la Facebook's "Camp Hackathon," which asks applicants to build the prototype for a new product in a single night. After that, the actual job should be easy.
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