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Here’s what the head of recruitment at LinkedIn does in his interviews

Source | World Economic Forum 

When LinkedIn’s head of recruiting, Brendan Browne, interviews someone for a job, one of the first things he does is hand over an erasable marker and direct the candidate to a whiteboard on the wall.

Browne has been at the helm of the professional social network’s recruitment team since 2010, and in building his own team he’s found an unusual exercise to be the best indicator of whether he should hire a candidate, he explained to Business Insider.

He’ll ask the candidate, regardless of position, “What are you most passionate about? Using the whiteboard, explain to me the process of how it works.”

If that seems open to interpretation to you, it’s because it’s supposed to.

“Because it’s a situation that’s a bit ambiguous, they’re going to have to be really spontaneous,” Browne said.

He said, for example, that if a candidate happened to love brewing beer in their free time, they would be expected to draw out the brewing process and explain it. The same would be expected of a candidate with a more role-specific passion, such as product management.

Browne said he learns four things from this exercise:

1. What do the candidates care about most deeply?

2. How well can they explain themselves?

3. How do they think about process?

4. How do they deal with ambiguity

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