Interviewing and Selection Quotes
Top 15 Interviewing and
No 1 (Best quote!)
In looking for people to hire you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence and energy. And if they
don’t have the first, the other two will kill you.
- Warren Buffett (1930-
), American share investor, pictured right.
Buffett also comments:
Pick out associates whose behaviour is better than yours and you’ll drift in that
I like to hire people who have made mistakes. It shows they take risks.
- Bill Gates (1955- ), co-founder of Microsoft,
Do not hire a man who does your work for money but him who does it for love of it.
- Henry David
Thoreau (1817-62), American philosopher, pictured right.
The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.
- Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527)
Italian philosopher, pictured right.
In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.
- Laurence J. Peter (1919–90), Canadian writer, pictured
right, (known as The Peter Principle)
I’d rather interview 50 people and not hire anyone than hire the wrong person.
- Jeff Bezos (1964- ), founder of Amazon.com,
Always remember that you often find outstanding people among those you don’t like.
- Soichiro Honda (1906-91), co-founder of
Honda, pictured right.
Give me a stock clerk with a goal and I’ll give you a man who will make history. Give me a man with no goals and
I’ll give you a stock clerk.
- J.C. Penney (1875-1971),
pictured right, co-founder of the American department store, J.C. Penney
A soundbite...is all that an interviewer allows you to say.
- Tony Benn (1925-2014), British politician, pictured right.
Better to have him inside the tent pissing out, than outside pissing in.
- Lyndon Johnson (1908-73), American president, pictured right, talking about the FBI chief, J.
You can't know enough in a one-hour interview. So, in the end, it's ultimately
based on your gut. How do I feel about this person? What are they like when they're challenged? Why are they
- Steve Jobs (1955-2011),
co-founder of Apple, pictured right .
You cannot push anyone up the ladder unless he is willing to climb,
- Andrew Carnegie
(1835-1919), pictured right, American businessman.
Getting the right people in the right jobs is a lot more important than developing
Welch (1935-), American boss of General Electric (GE) 1981-2001, pictured right
Whoever does a thing best ought to be the one to do it.
Ford in My Life and
Work (1922), pictured right
Character is higher than intellect.
- Ralph Waldo
Emerson (1803-82), American philosopher, pictured right.