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Sir Richard Branson: Hire for Personality

Resumes are all but pointless, says the Virgin Group founder who hires for cultural fit.
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Sir Richard Branson, billionaire and founder of The Virgin Group, doesn't hire people for their skills and qualifications. He hires them for cultural fit with one of his 400 companies. 

Branson suggests leaders draw out a candidate's personality during an interview, and look for someone who's not only a good fit with the company but versatile.

"Find people with transferable skills--you need team players who can pitch in and try their hand at all sorts of different jobs," he writes on LinkedIn. "While specialists are sometimes necessary, versatility should not be underestimated."

Of course, a candidate's qualifications and experience should not blind employers to a toxic personality. "If you hire the wrong person at the top of a company, they can destroy it in no time at all," Branson warns.

For more advice from the legend himself, check out Inc.'s video series, Sir Richard Up Close.

Sir Richard Branson: Hire for Personality

Resumes are all but pointless, says the Virgin Group founder who hires for cultural fit.

Last updated: Sep 24, 2013

WILL YAKOWICZ | Staff Writer | Reporter, Inc.com

Will Yakowicz is a staff writer for Inc. magazine. He has covered business, crime, and local politics for The Brooklyn Paper and was the editor of Park Slope Patch. He has also reported in the West Bank and Moscow for Tablet Magazine. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.




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