I spent about 3-years working at a company called iContact from 2009 – 2012. While there I reported to CTO – Ralph Kasuba.
Ralph was a wonderfully skilled leader and I’ve been reminiscing about him of late. Sure, we still stay in touch, but it’s not the same as working together each day.
Ralph had one “pet peeve” that I’d like to share and it involves interviewing. At the time, iContact was growing quite steadily, so it seemed as if we were always interviewing team members for our technical staff. We went through a period where no one seemed to pass our technical screens.
It was frustrating because the recruiters kept saying they were sending us qualified candidates, but the team-based interviews would just chew them up.
The language we started to use was that we were looking for Unicorn’s and not finding any.