Bridgewater Likes To Hire People Who Have Something To Fall Back On When They’re Fired

Interest in the subject matter is a minor consideration. Unlike a lot of firms, we look at what someone is like rather than what they did before. We are first interested in people’s values, second interested in their abilities, and least interested in their precise skills. We want independent thinkers who are willing to put aside their egos to find out what is true. Did the candidate come up with a new idea and build it out? Like if when he was 15 he mowed lawns and developed that into a business by getting others to mow lawns with mowers he bought them. –Ray Dalio, “How To Get Hired At Bridgewater” [BusinessWeek, Related: “Firing people is not a big deal“]

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124 Responses to “Bridgewater Likes To Hire People Who Have Something To Fall Back On When They’re Fired”

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    I occasionally sold pot to my fraternity brothers if you want to reconsider my application.

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    How about someone with a passion for charts and standardized testing who while his mother is very proud of him and this little break he took from corporate America but really needs to get another big boy job.

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    What exactly is "new" about running a landscaping business?

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    "We want independent thinkers who are willing to put aside their egos to find out what is true."

    When I think of Bridgewater, I think of people willing to put aside their egos.

  7. Guest says:

    I spend 10% of my day pulling out nose hairs at my desk dreaming of an existence that doesn't so closely resember hell – zero ego involved.

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