How do I identify if they are a good hire?

Anna Counselman / November, 2017


Anna Counselman, Co-Founder and Head of Operations, Upstart explains how they apply Google’s hiring practices at Upstart.

Video Transcript

How do I identify if they are a good hire?

That is a really great question and of course, it’s more of an art than a science. We’ve borrowed really heavily from Google’s recruiting practices because the founding team at Upstart are all ex-Google people. So what we do is that we have a panel of interviewers that focus on different areas for each person. And that way no one person is really making the decision to hire.

When you’re in that situation you could have a manager that’s just desperate to fill the position who might lower the bar a little bit to just get the person in the door. So for us, it has to be a consensus decision and if it’s not a strong yes it’s a no. So we’ve been very very slow and deliberate at hiring. We will interview like a hundred for one for every hire that we make because that’s so critical to us as a business. But that Google model has worked for us really well.



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