When Mark Zuckerberg really wants to hire you, he takes you on a walk from the company’s headquarters through the woods to a scenic overlook of Palo Alto, reports Nick Bilton at the New York Times.Once Zuckerberg reaches the scenic overlook he makes his big pitch.
Here’s how one person described what happens to Bilton: “He pointed out Apple’s headquarters, then Hewlett-Packard and a number of other big tech companies … Then he pointed to Facebook and said that it would eventually be bigger than all of the companies he had just mentioned, and that if I joined the company, I could be apart of it all.”
Another person who was courted says he visited Facebook’s HQ after getting an email from Zuckerberg. (“I opened my e-mail one morning and there was a message from Mark Zuckerberg. I almost choked on my coffee.”)
As soon as he arrived they took off on a walk. This person says, “Zuckerberg said money wasn’t an object and that if I wanted the job — and why wouldn’t I, he questioned — the paperwork was already ready to go back at the office … The entire experience was totally surreal. I really felt like I was on a date.”
Talking walks in Silicon Valley is a tradition among tech moguls. Steve Jobs would go on walks with Sergey Brin (and many others) to talk about technology.