Best 117 Quotes & Tweets on Hiring

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1

Everybody wants to hire the best. Nobody wants to pay them the best.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

2

You don't hire talented people to tell them what to do. You hire talented people to tell you what to do.

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

3

Everybody wants to hire the best. Very few actually pay them like they’re the best.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

4

Things you don't have to do to start a company: - Quit your job - Learn to code - Write a business plan - Raise money - Hire employees Things you have to do: Start.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

5

Hiring: values first, aptitude second, specific skills third

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

6

Cold emails are a great way to land a job. Here's what I've learned: ∙ Email the CEO directly. ∙ Show that you're unique. ∙ Be specific. ∙ Make a bold request. ∙ Have a clear call-to-action. ∙ Don't be humble. This isn't the time to be modest. Now... make magic happen.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

7

A CEO’s first job is to get the company capitalized. A CEO’s second job is to recruit a team. A CEO’s third job is to provide them with clarity so they can solve their customers' problems. A CEO’s fourth job is to get out of the way until one of the above is no longer true.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

8

Companies should onboard employees with an internal podcast. It would focus on: - Company history - How decisions are made - Industry 101 - How the company makes money - Long-term goals and company vision Fast, efficient, and fun for everybody.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

9

Learning to identify super talented people before everyone else does is one of the most valuable skills to develop.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

10

You have a problem, so you decide to raise some money. Now you have two problems. So you hire some people. Now you have three problems.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

11

The best jobs require no past experience.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

12

"What's you number one piece of hiring advice?" "Hire for slope, not Y-intercept. This is actually my number one piece of life advice."

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

13

If you don't think you're qualified for an opportunity, you're also not qualified to determine if you're qualified for that opportunity. Don't self-reject. Apply

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

14

Companies so eager to only hire senior people often forget that unlearning what doesn't apply can take longer than learning what does.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

15

Whether hiring or investing, you don’t get the best deal at the best price.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

16

If you're only hiring people with the same views as you, you're building a company of robots.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

17

You can make someone a 20% better engineer but you can't make someone genuinely care about the product you're making. That's why I'd rather work with someone worse technically that wants the product they get to help build.

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

18

Want to hire the best talent? Let them live where ever they want

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

19

Searching for 10x engineers before you’ve ensured you have a 10x workplace is the epitome of premature optimization.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

20

How to hire the best: • Work on an interesting problem. • Pay really well. • Get out of the way.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

21

If someone's assessment of their own ability is wildly higher than their actual ability, aggressively avoid working with them.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

22

It took me 15 years to learn this, but here’s how to hire people: Hire someone who has done the exact task you need completed for another company, ideally at a slightly larger scale. Make sure they jive with your team/not a jerk. Not someone with potential It’s that simple.

Andrew Wilkinson

Andrew Wilkinson

@awilkinson

23

One of my favorite interview questions: “What's something you know you need to get better at?”. It’s revealing.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

24

"Paying employees outside of big-tech cities high wages is bad because then those people have too much money" is a thing some people say on the internet 😄

DHH

DHH

@dhh

25

Hiring people with a strong sense of entitlement very rarely works out, no matter how good they are on other axes

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

26

Hiring chronically negative people as early startup employees is a self-fulfilling prophecy, and the biggest non-obvious hiring mistake.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

27

We’ve made an incredible innovation in hiring: Pay someone to do the work they would be doing if they get the job. If they are able to do it, they get the job.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

28

Cold email is not a numbers game. Raising money is not a numbers game. Recruiting is not a numbers game. Dating is not a numbers game. Make yourself more compelling. Don’t blame the numbers.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

29

“Hire the best people you can and leave them alone” –Tom Murphy

Andrew Wilkinson

Andrew Wilkinson

@awilkinson

30

After interviewing thousands of applicants it seems that the top reasons people decide to leave their jobs are: - they weren't able to have a large impact - they stopped learning/growing

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

31

More people should have personal podcasts. 20 episodes, 5 minutes each. Each one is about a specific aspect of your worldview. No ads. No fluff. Then, send the podcast to job recruiters or friends who want to learn about you.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

32

If we can’t take something new on, we either wait until we can, we simplify it until we can, or we just don’t do it. What we don’t do is hire more people to do something new. We do new with who we have. If actual success shows it needs more, only then do we consider hiring.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

33

Nearly every entrepreneur I talk so says hiring is their biggest challenge. The world is starving for competent people with a strong work-ethic.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

34

Pedigree is for dogs, not job applicants. Being impressed by, or even worse, requiring, a certain school or program is for suckers.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

35

Employees don’t know how valuable they are. Recruiting is hard. It’s expensive and time consuming. When a company finds a good employee, they’ll fight to keep them. Ask for the raise.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

36

Underrated for hiring talented people: Build a company that sparks “dinner party interest” for employees when they talk about the startup. We all want our friends and family to be interested in what we do. The stronger the dinner table reaction, the easier recruiting will be.

Jeff Morris Jr.

Jeff Morris Jr.

@jmj

37

in general, hiring before you get product/market fit slows you down, and hiring after you get product market fit speeds you up.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

38

Before you hire people with the money you just raised, please please please remember that small teams move faster than big ones.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

39

How to know you’ve hired the right executive: You don’t worry about their part of the business anymore.

Andrew Wilkinson

Andrew Wilkinson

@awilkinson

40

If an employer is willing to be abusive to you prior to hiring you, when you have maximum leverage and they are maximally incentivized to play nice, I think that gives you *extremely actionable* signal as to how they'll treat you when you're working there and dependent on them.

Patrick McKenzie

Patrick McKenzie

@patio11

41

If you’re having a hard time: - Raising money - Hiring people - Getting customers The problem may not be in your ability to fundraise, hire, or sell. Those are symptoms. The problem is probably more fundamental: lack of growth, lack of product-market fit, you.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

42

There's never been a better or more prosperous time in tech to allow employees the freedom to follow their conscience. You absolutely do not have to work for the surveillance state, programming censorship apparatus, or writing defensive press releases to find employment.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

43

Effective employee on boarding isn’t about swag, stickers, & company value pamphlets on their desk the 1st day. Sure, it makes them feel like you got your shit together. But, how you help them understand their goals & how co values are interwoven in operating are more important.

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

44

Hiring is the hardest thing about startups. Everyone will tell you it's the hardest thing you'll ever do, and you'll believe them. And you will *still* underestimate just how hard and time-consuming it really is.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

45

Don't hire someone who needs to hire someone to do their job.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

46

I’ve been doing a lot of interviewing of engineers lately & the biggest defining difference between great ones and decent ones has mostly been whether there’s a natural, innate curiosity of how things work. Then, a desire to dive down the rabbit hole to seek the true answer.

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

47

A founding team that can build the product themselves has a big advantage over a team that has to hire very expensive engineers to build it.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

48

Quizzing high-level programmers on algorithms is less about evaluating candidates, more about stroking the quizzer's (pathetic) ego. Works.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

49

Startup founders, here is a fortune cookie for you: "Your expenses are too high. You have hired too many people."

Paul Graham

Paul Graham

@paulg

50

Be insanely picky about the people you hire in the first year of business

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard