Tim Cook says there are 4 traits he looks for in Apple employees

Tim Cook would not spend his days reviewing resumes — however in his 11-year stint as Apple’s CEO, he’s decided what it takes to thrive on the firm.  

At University of Naples Federico II’s graduation ceremony this week, Cook instructed graduates from the Naples, Italy, college that he observed Apple’s success will depend on its tradition and who it hires. For occasion, the corporate sometimes seeks out employees with 4 shared expertise: the flexibility to collaborate, creativity, curiosity and experience.  

“It’s been a very good formula for us,” he stated, noting these traits additionally contribute to an bold, but supportive office tradition. “It’s not like somebody goes in a corner or closet and figures out [how to build technology] by themselves.”

As he spoke, he appeared to rank the talent units in that order. He stated the explanation collaboration is so vital is as a result of it combines all three of the opposite expertise.

(*4*) Cook stated. “And that [collaborative] process is how Apple creates products.”

That sense of teamwork lends itself to creativity and curiosity, as all three are wanted to launch new or enhance previous concepts, he stated.

“We look for people that think different — that can look at a problem and not be caught up in the dogma of how that problem has always been [solved],” he stated. “It’s a cliché, but there are no dumb questions. It’s amazing when somebody starts to ask questions as a kid would do.”

But whether or not Apple’s hiring techniques constantly guarantee a constructive working setting is up for debate. This yr, the corporate dropped off Comparably’s annual checklist of world corporations with one of the best office tradition. It additionally acquired a “C” ranking for workplace tradition, regardless of rating at No. 14 final yr.

It additionally dropped greater than 20 spots on Glassdoor’s yearly rating of greatest locations to work in the U.S., plummeting from No. 31 to No. 56. Employee critiques on each websites cited poor work-life steadiness, erratic schedules and excessive stress from a aggressive working setting.

“We are and have always been deeply committed to creating and maintaining a positive and inclusive workplace,” Apple stated in a assertion to the New York Times, responding to worker complaints a couple of “toxic” tradition that surfaced in September. “We take all concerns seriously and we thoroughly investigate whenever a concern is raised and, out of respect for the privacy of any individuals involved we do not discuss specific employee matters.”

Apple’s hiring tactic has been in place for a minimum of six years, in keeping with Cook. At the Utah Tech Tour in October 2016, Cook stated Apple regarded for brilliance, dedication, obsessive curiosity, crew focus and agitated idealism in its employees.

“We look for wicked smart people … [but] there are a lot of wicked smart people,” he stated on the convention. “We look for people that are very collaborative because nobody — even somebody who has … a cape on their back — can do everything alone.”

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