Hiring Stars

In It’s the People, Stupid!” David Hornick quotes an unnamed friend discussing hiring (it looks as if it’s a startup):

[T]he best advice I have for you is this: UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES make any one of your first ten hires anything less than an outstanding, 10’s from all judges, blow your head off superstar. Then tell them to hold the same standard for their first ten hires. And so on. In every case where I’ve filled a seat under time pressure instead of waiting for the right person, that seat-filler has done far more damage than waiting another few weeks to hire ever would. It’s just *never* been worth it.

I agree. I wrote a little about the people factor in the People Factor in Software.

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