Whether it's giving a potential employee a sample project to work on, or even conducting interviews without the resume at all, try to remove the potential bias and subjective analysis that can come from staring at a candidate through the dim lens of a piece of paper.
2) Big Data Is Not Impersonal
Big data is largely used to achieve increased financial results for companies across the industry. But we've found that the power of big data is far more compelling in areas of business that are classically subjective.
Big data can absolutely be personal --look at websites like Match.com, where thousands of people are connected to each other based on variables and insights they may not have discovered on their own. Similarly, when we use prescreening and analysis to bring a new employee on-board, we're working hard to make sure he or she is joining an environment in which they are geared for success. As they continue along their role at Catalyst, big data and objective measurement help us make sure they're continuing to thrive.
3) Culture Matters More than Experience
I've learned that I'd rather have a group of crack professionals who work well together as a team, than try to string together a bunch of lone rangers and pray they get along. In other words, I'd rather coach the New England Patriots than the Dallas Cowboys.