The “Corner Office” feature in today’s NYT is an interview with Kevin W. Sharer, the CEO of Amgen. Among other topics, he discussed what he looks for when hiring: intelligence, sense of humor, ability to grow, and other common traits.
And he looks for people who don’t violate what he calls “Rule 6.” He explains:
“Rule 6 is, you don’t take yourself too seriously. Rule 5 is, refer to 6. And there is no Rule 1 through 4. I really, really have a hard time getting along with Rule 6 felons. We’re all human and so we’re going to be misdemeanor violators once in a while. But I look for people who are not Rule 6 felons, because they just don’t work out.”
Job seekers, take note!