12 February 2017

Bhavin Turakhia hires on attitude

To be honest, knowledge and skills are the least important — I’m not saying they’re not important, but if I had to put them in a descending order of priority — knowledge and skills in this day and age can be acquired fairly easily with an extremely low time investment. The four things that I look out for: somebody who’s smart, somebody who gets things done, somebody who’s a nice person, and somebody who’s good at communication. […] Knowledge for us is more of a filter test in terms of obviously if you’re hiring a programmer you should know how to code, but you could be a Java programmer today and tomorrow it’s all about Swift and something else, right? […] Platforms are going to keep changing, so skill and knowledge are less relevant. If you’re smart and get things done you’ll acquire whatever needs to be acquired to get things done.

Indian ad-tech entrepreneur Bhavin Turakhia, interviewed on Monocle 24: The Entrepreneurs, Episode 278, at 26:03 in.

It’s often joked that companies would be more effective if the old saying “Hire on experience, fire on attitude” were turned round the other way, so it’s refreshing to hear someone like Bhavin Turakhia vocalise so emphatically the pragmatic way to run a business.