As a business owner, it is critical you hire the absolute best people you can find to help your business grow and flourish. Great people make a great company — we all know that. Well, if you want to find some of the most talented, creative, and over-qualified individuals in today’s workforce, here is exactly what I would do — hire someone who is working for Apple. Seriously, you might not even need to run ads, worry about working with a recruiter, or invest countless hours reading stacks of resumes.
I’ve had quite a few jobs over the years — some were easy to land, while others took the right combination of “who you know” and “what you have to offer.” You might have read that it is more difficult to get a job at Apple than it is to get into Harvard. The stats say the acceptance rate at Harvard is about 7%, while only 2% of applicants get hired at Apple.
When I found myself needing a steady paycheck just to stay on my feet, I pursued a part-time job at Apple. It was the most grueling hiring process I have ever experienced, bar none. After finally getting called into the hiring event, which was a group audition, I waited to hear if I had made it to the next step. That was just the beginning. Finally, after five interviews and about six weeks, I was offered a part-time position. All of that just to work in the mall? No, all of that to work for the most successful company on the planet!
I won’t even talk about how challenging it is to move up at Apple, but if you can find someone who has climbed the ladder there, he or she is definitely the cream of the crop. That’s who you want on your team. Apple has already done most of the work for you. Let’s face it, a company of that magnitude has the resources and the brand to attract the best of the best. You can rest assured an Apple employee made it through an exhaustive interview process, is incredibly smart, great with people, and driven to succeed — everything you want in a member of your team.
I’m not exactly sure how they determine who to hire at Apple, but their recipe works. Immediately after coming on board, I knew I was surrounded by incredible talent, unparalleled passion, undying commitment, and massive brain-power. I learned more working for Apple in less than two years than I learned working for other companies for decades. Seriously, a successful Apple employee probably knows more about the company, the services, the products, and the industry than some CEOs know about their own organizations.
I want my workforce to be comprised of individuals who want to be part of something truly special — people who think they can change the world. If it’s time for you to bring on some serious talent, I’ve just told you where you can find some of those innovators. You’re welcome.