Hire rockstar or average talent?

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May 1, 2018 20 Comments

Would you rather hire a rockstar or an average talent to join your team?

Recently interviewed with a company known for design and found it interesting the hiring manager said they don’t hire rockstars because they have egos.

Interested to hear from hiring managers and their general approach to this?

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TOP 20 Comments
  • Google UWaterloo
    I think culture fit>talent but talent has to at least meet the minimum bar.
    May 1, 2018 2
    • O'Reilly Media O’Reilly?
      OP
      Is there ever a point you’d consider the inverse?
      May 1, 2018
    • Google UWaterloo
      Nope
      May 1, 2018
  • Microsoft Shington
    Rockstar and good person shouldn’t be different. A rockstar shouldn’t be a rockstar at the expense of other people. Some rockstar people can be toxic to a team and some good people can also be toxic to a team. Ideal candidate is a rockstar and good culture fit, imo.
    May 1, 2018 2
    • Docker / Other Xar
      I didn't know rockstars have started coding. Are CDs not selling anymore?
      May 1, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng
      lusername

      Microsoft Eng

      BIO
      Yeah, right.
      lusernamemore
      Don't quit your day job, Xar.
      May 1, 2018
  • Amazon Wheate
    I wouldn’t hire Mother Teresa, just because she is Mother Teresa...
    May 1, 2018 1
  • Amazon / Mgmt
    Yay-Hay

    Amazon Mgmt

    PRE
    500 Startups
    BIO
    Rock the world
    Yay-Haymore
    Rock stars have egos, but a good manager should be able to work it out!
    May 1, 2018 1
    • Microsoft / Eng AmI3vil
      Work it out = exploit
      May 1, 2018
  • 3M wDbu75
    I try to follow Warren Buffet' s advice in hiring: intelligence, energy, and integrity....and if they don't have the last one the other two will kill you
    May 1, 2018 0
  • Microsoft @russia.co
    Dont hire rockstars because they jump right i they start jiving.
    May 1, 2018 0
  • Facebook public
    Hiring over qualified people is often bad for both parties.
    May 1, 2018 0
  • Amazon flyingML
    How are they rockstars if they have ego? ;)
    May 1, 2018 0
  • Microsoft / Eng Gs4478
    doesn’t matter, as long as candidate is diverse - that matters the most today!!
    May 1, 2018 1
  • Amazon Cvbucv
    I ONLY hire rock stars without egos. Yes, they totally exist. Maybe they all work for me?
    May 1, 2018 0
  • New snorks
    They might have meant they dont hire jackasses who describe themselves as rockstars on their resume. Smart move.
    May 1, 2018 0
  • I believe Rockstars are situational.

    Every company small or big has some people who are driving the projects and pushing them through.

    Yes there are some people who are perceived as Rockstars by the people who underestimate themselves.
    May 1, 2018 0
  • Cisco binpack
    Collaborative rockstars are the best. But they require awesome management to thrive. They won't last long at a place that doesn't value them
    May 1, 2018 0

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