Want a job at Facebook? Make sure you impress Mark Zuckerberg.
During a Q&A session at Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress this week, the company founder and CEO revealed his one rule for enlisting new employees.
“I will only hire someone to work directly for me if I would work for that person,” he told the crowd during a live interview. “It’s a pretty good test.”
That’s not an announcement that the 30-year-old billionaire is leaving his post as head of the social network. It simply means that, in an alternate universe in which Zuckerberg didn’t start Facebook, or if the company ever dissolved, “I’d be happy to work for that person,” he said.
That includes people like COO Sheryl Sandberg or Javier Olivan, vice president of growth and analytics, who introduced Zuckerberg for his first Q&A session in Barcelona.
“I think as long as you have that as your rule for picking the people that you work with, you’re not going to go wrong,” Zuckerberg said.
It’s important, also, that potential staff members share the same values as Zuckerberg and his team.
“Facebook is not a company for everyone in the world,” the chief said, adding that the organization has “very strong opinions” on changing the world, one Internet connection at a time.
Despite the dissenters, Zuckerberg continues to push forward with projects like Internet.org, which he also discussed during this MWC panel, and aims to connect people around the globe, allowing folks to communicate and businesses to thrive.
“If you believe that, then Facebook is a good company for you,” the CEO said. “If you don’t, then maybe find a different one.”
Also, a love for Spanish ham may come in handy. When asked what brings him back to Spain for the third time—aside from an appearance at MWC and campaigning for Internet.org—Zuckerberg joked that it’s “probably the ham.”
The entrepreneur, who likes to keep his Q&A sessions light, recounted a time when Barcelona-based Olivan mailed him a leg of ham as a birthday present.
“I think the pig had only eaten acorns its whole life,” Zuckerberg remembered, boasting about the meat’s high quality.
But the uncommon gift didn’t make it past Facebook security: “I guess someone was like, ‘I don’t know what this is. Is it a bomb?'” Zuckerberg said. “So they shredded it.”
“That was the saddest day of my life,” Olivan joked.
Now, in lieu of a meat parcel, the executive makes an occasional visit to Spain for a taste of jamón and a public appearance.