The Alpha Girl Cheat Sheet

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April 26, 2012 11:00 AM
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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 times—and introduce her to your team—to 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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