Jobs wanted to break the trend of candidates giving prepared answers.
Steve Jobs apparently had a “beer test” that he would use during interviews with potential new employees.
Slightly opposed to the idea that job interviews should be fairly formal affairs, the late Apple CEO wanted to counter the tendency for people to approach interviews with pre-planned and scripted answers.
A key question for Jobs when interviewing someone was, “Would I have a beer with this person? Would I talk to him or her in a calm manner while walking?”
So, he did just that.
AS reports that Jobs would take the interviewee out of the office, walk with them and take them out for a drink to decide whether or not they were someone he could be seen working with.
This would help the prospective employee open up and relax, removing them from the rigid environment of a one-on-one interview in the office.
Steve Jobs took a more casual approach to job interviews
AS reports that Jobs will ask them questions ranging from traditional interview questions such as, “When was the last time you accomplished something?” to a simple and more casual, “What did you do last summer?”
There were rarely right or wrong answers to these questions, with Jobs simply trying to get to know them a little better and decide if they would be a good person to work for.
But make no mistake, he was still only looking for the best of the best. Jobs openly talked about always looking for “A-Players” for roles. It was his term for those he considered the top of their game – the crème de la crème.
He previously explained: “I’ve found that when you get enough A-players together, when you go through the incredible work of finding those A-players, they really like working with each other.
“Because they’ve never had the chance to do it before.”
Well, given Apple’s place in the world and our lives today, it seems that his interview process and “beer test” were quite successful.