In a recent talk before the Mobile World Congress, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said there's one simple litmus test he holds above all other interview questions: Would he want to work for this applicant?
Tech firms are, on the whole, younger than companies in other industries. For this reason, it can be hard for founders to imagine a future where they need to turn their brainchild over to the next generation of leaders. At just 30 years old, Zuckerberg may have several decades left as the head of Facebook, so one might not expect succession to be at the forefront of his staffing strategy. In a rapidly changing industry, it's hard to imagine what a company like Facebook will even look like in 2045.
Nevertheless, today's entry-level tech professionals will someday take the reins of the companies they help build. With that in mind, asking what kind of leader a job candidate could make in the future is a prudent consideration to ensure the long-term survival of your brand. This can help line up solid contenders for promotions and inspire strong leadership on every vertical of a company's structure.
Another version of Zuckerberg's question that some executives might ask themselves is: Could this applicant do my job someday? Looking for potential for employees to grow within a company serves their professional ambitions and the future of your firm at the same time. Qualities like effective communication, accountability and problem-solving acumen can be just as important as IT or IS virtuosity.
At VAR Staffing, we have a proven record of matching exceptional tech companies with the best talent from the candidate marketplace. Contact us today to learn more about our candidate placement services.