Every Friday afternoon around 4:30pm at BlueConic, over snacks and an adult beverage, the Boston members of the company get together for what we call Building The Dream sessions. Some background. When I accepted my offer to join the company, our CEO sent me a text message that included the following statement: “Hurry up and get here; we’ve got a dream to build!” First of all, you can’t tell me that isn’t just every kind of awesome. How often do you get an opportunity to work side by side with the dream’s originators to help build that vision? (That was rhetorical but just to be clear – it’s RARE). Bart’s phrase did more than get me excited to join and in fact serves as the very core of what we as a group of people come to work for every day and for what unites us in a very profound way. As individuals and as a collective, we take our roles and responsibilities in building out this dream incredibly seriously.
During these Building the Dream Friday sessions, we listen to each other talk about our own singular versions of what the “dream” means to us and how we see ourselves contributing. We also spend time hacking stuff that isn’t necessarily any one person’s job but is good for the company or just needs to get done. This past Friday, we talked about crafting a formal profile of the type of people we want to hire to join the BlueCrew so that we can adhere to and scale a hiring process that ensures we really get the right folks onboard. As you might imagine, we are very particular about the kind of candidates who we are confident can not just do a job, but play a role in building a dream.
It was a fascinating exercise to hear what our current team had to say in terms of words and phrases they would use to describe good candidates, as well as the way they would gauge those criteria in an interview. We’re going to turn all of the feedback into a coherent checklist and interview guide, as well as create a benchmark for evaluating success for ourselves to make sure that we live up to the standards we were hired against. In the meantime, it just looks like this on the wall (#whiteboardpaint #getsome):
It’s a mess right now, I know, but it means something – a lot – to us. Here are the traits that we all agreed on matter above all others:
- Puts the team ahead of personal achievement
- Never gives up
- Maintains a strong sense of self
- Has a desire to learn
I don’t know about you, but that’s a group of people I already love to work with and can’t wait to get more of in the door.
P.S. If this makes you not want to wait to get in the door and come hang out with me and the rest of the Blue Crew, we’ve got some job openings that might be calling your name on our careers page!