What’s the interview process with Alex Karp like?
I googled this. This is what I got:
- Companies typically look for well-rounded people. They want an A-plus in every category.
- We tend to think it’s better to have an A-triple-plus in one area, which presupposes an F in other areas.
- So maybe we end up with someone who solves problems very creatively but can’t interact with people.
- We look for people within uneven IQs, then we build a role around their strengths.
- I like to meet candidates with no data about them : no résumé, no preliminary discussions or job description, just the candidate and me in a room.
- I ask a fairly random question , one that is orthogonal to anything they would be doing at Palantir.
- I then watch how they disaggregate the question , if they appreciate how many different ways there are to see the same thing.
- I like to keep interviews short, about 10 minutes . Otherwise, people move into their learned responses and you don’t get a sense of who they really are.
Karp is CEO of Palantir Technologies, which mines data for intelligence and law enforcement communities.
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