When Mark Zuckerberg wants to hire you, he takes you to the woods

When Mark Zuckerberg wants to hire you, he takes you to the woods

Summary: When Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg really wants to hire you, he takes you for a stroll in the woods behind the company's Palo Alto headquarters.

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When Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg really wants to hire you, he takes you on a romantic woodland hike. The hiring practices for major technology giants are famous for being ridiculously rigorous, but this is the first time I hear of a company testing for physical endurance.

Okay, so that's not exactly what Zuckerberg is doing. When he takes you for a stroll in the woods behind the company's Palo Alto headquarters, he's already decided that you're a high-profile prospective hire. Zuckerberg is actually planning to give you a pitch like you've never had before, at the end of a trail that reaches a Silicon Valley lookout, according to The New York Times:

When the visitor arrived, he met Mr. Zuckerberg in his office, and was then immediately whisked away to the wooded trail. More than one potential employee who experienced the same encounter said the entire experience was "pretty disorienting."

"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," said the person who ran a small start-up Mr. Zuckerberg was trying acquire. "The entire experience was totally surreal. I really felt like I was on a date."

Another person who was taken on the same walk last year said that when they arrived at the end of the trail, they were confronted with an amazing view of Palo Alto. There, Mr. Zuckerberg stood and explained the technological history of the area.

"He pointed out Apple's headquarters, then Hewlett-Packard and a number of other big tech companies," the individual explained. "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 a part of it all."

Two months ago, we learned that this year Zuckerberg had started only eating the meat of animals had killed himself. CNN reported it was part of a 2011 New Year's resolution to fully appreciate the meat he eats. By May 2011, he had already killed a goat, pig, chicken and a lobster. His new diet means when he's out, he only eats vegetarian. The initiative followed one in 2010, when Zuckerberg took up the challenge of learning Mandarin.

No matter which way you slice it (pun unintended), it looks like Zuckerberg is making a point to appreciate nature. Maybe that's because Facebook is largely developed indoors, like most Computer Science projects, and the man in charge wants a little more variety in his life.

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Topics: Social Enterprise, CXO, IT Employment

Emil Protalinski

About Emil Protalinski

Emil is a freelance journalist writing for CNET and ZDNet. Over the years,
he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars
Technica, Neowin, and TechSpot.

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  • RE: When Mark Zuckerberg wants to hire you, he takes you to the woods

    Are these stories really true? That's interesting, i bet the Palo Alto view is beautiful though.

    Where is he hunting these animals?
    Liz-CoolProducts
    Liz-CoolProducts
  • RE: When Mark Zuckerberg wants to hire you, he takes you to the woods

    Wow. He's becoming a certified eccentric Silicon Valley CEO.
    nickswift498
    • Zuckerberg needs to create some 'legend' and 'enigma' -- it will help

      @nickswift498: ... the image of Facebook and, eventually, profit.
      DDERSSS
      • RE: When Mark Zuckerberg wants to hire you, he takes you to the woods

        @DeRSSS hit the nail on the head and/or Zuckerberg needs to get over himself.
        jrhalli89
  • RE: When Mark Zuckerberg wants to hire you, he takes you to the woods

    And if you fail there, no one will ever find your body! Lol.
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • RE: When Mark Zuckerberg wants to hire you, he takes you to the woods

      @Cylon Centurion - now that, there, is funny! You think he's got a wood chipper for the bones?
      Gr8Music
  • RE: When Mark Zuckerberg wants to hire you, he takes you to the woods

    Note to self: Visit Mr. Zuckerberg for romantic date
    LoverockDavidson
  • RE: When Mark Zuckerberg wants to hire you, he takes you to the woods

    While I don't personally use Facebook, I understand the importance of it. That said, I find Zuckerberg creepier and creepier as time goes by.
    Aerowind
  • Walk in the woods with Mark Zuckerberg?

    Never take a walk in the woods with a man that only eats the meat of animals he kills himself.<br><br>Just saying....
    cwallen19803@...
    • RE: When Mark Zuckerberg wants to hire you, he takes you to the woods

      @cwallen19803@...
      That's too funny!!! but great advice!
      dawgstyler
  • RE: When Mark Zuckerberg wants to hire you, he takes you to the woods

    Wow! What a romantic... NAAAHHHT
    jmwells21
  • Wow! This is as important to know as how many times Obama blew his nose

    last year.

    Now everybody can rest and sleep comfortably knowing that Zuckerberg has some eccentricities.
    adornoe
  • Philippe Kahn hikes

    Philippe Kahn did the same thing in the hills behind the Borland office.
    pwatson
  • RE: When Mark Zuckerberg wants to hire you, he takes you to the woods

    tired of facebook i think of facebook a rent a page site. i rather have personal website still more control of content than rather facebook getting hacked many times. LOL
    ipadsucks
  • RE: When Mark Zuckerberg wants to hire you, he takes you to the woods

    hollywood producers & directors have been doing this sort of thing for years....(grin)
    ronangel
  • RE: When Mark Zuckerberg wants to hire you, he takes you to the woods

    ...This is similar to what Dick Cheney does when he wants to fire you.
    Or, just if you are a lawyer...
    drkimca
  • hunting

    if everyone only ate the meat we killed then the world would be a better place. People need to appreciate the sacrifice that goes into everything that is around us. The more wealth a nation has the more they take for granted. I think Zuckerburg is onto something and I would be happy to walk in the woods, as a matter of fact, we can hike down to the creek in my back yard!
    monikawoods
  • Mark Zuckerberg embracing nature

    Mark is moving in the right direction by embracing nature as part of his daily way of living. I am sure most if not all of his inspirations and innovation came from nature.
    I wish other large players in business would take a page from his "Book" and spend more time with people and nature.

    GW Byfield with Art & Gator Media.
    gbyfield