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childish reasons people shouldn’t be hired: awkward silences, hesitancy to talk about their personal lives in great detail, being too conventional and not “odd” enough. Also when you focus less on skills and qualifications to get the work done and more on “fit,” this is how you risk allowing gender and racial biases into your hiring practices. Your focus should be first and foremost can the person do the job. If you start shifting most of your focus on “squishy” things, your hiring practices are far less defendable. I’ve been on some pretty wild hiring panels and I’ve been advising clients in the TA space for years. This is largely myopic and unrealistic advice, though it does go down as a smooth read.

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Mail...kimp?

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Agree 100% OP. This article is horrifying. “Hire for grit” - grit is not a real thing, it’s completely made up. “Listen to your gut” - decades of research advise against this advice in hiring situations. This author is a complete tool, and I would never work for a company that is so off-base with their hiring practices.

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The only person you can hire with true grit is Rooster Cogburn. 😂

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Fuck that. The most unbiased way to evaluate someone is based on skills. You can uncover personality as you walk through a problem and challenge the candidate or brainstorm ideas together. If your company is the “best” in a field, then focus your assessment on foundational concepts. I try and make the interview reflective of what the day to day work would be. That’s how you let people bring their “whole” selves to work instead of creating a culture where people are fake nice and roles are not evaluated fairly by job function but a popularity contest

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This is interesting. I’ve been trying to get into this company for the better part of a year. Anyone on here from MailChimp?

It was worth asking.

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