I’ve had some great interviews recently with people wanting to become “Domosapiens,” and there are a few qualities that really made some people stand out above the others. But I had a hard time really pinning what those quintessential qualities were. Then I was helping my daughter with her science homework one night and bam! It hit me.
Newton’s laws of physics are perfectly mapped to what it takes to be a great Domosapien (stick with me, here).
Believe it or not, Newton’s discoveries way back in 1687 describe more than just objects in motion; they can also be applied to the selection of qualified candidates for employment here at Domo:
Newton’s First Law: When viewed in an inertial reference frame, an object either is at rest or moves at a constant velocity, unless acted upon by an external force.
Domo’s First Hiring Law: Domo hires people who are on a good career trajectory and demonstrate huge potential. Domosapiens are energetic and respond to the positive forces found at Domo. We hire employees who are going places, learning new things, and have enough energy to solve hard problems. Looking at current employment history and recent success is the best way to predict where a candidate is headed. When considering hiring someone who has “made it” with a past company, Domo makes sure that he or she is still hungry for even bigger challenges and achievements in the future.
Newton’s Second Law: The acceleration of a body is directly proportional to, and in the same direction as, the net force acting on the body, and inversely proportional to its mass. Thus, F = ma, where F is the net force acting on the object, m is the mass of the object and a is the acceleration of the object.
Domo’s Second Hiring Law: Domo hires people who can make an immediate and large impact on getting things done. Each new employee helps us get where we’re going faster. We don’t have time to waste fighting against friction or bringing someone up to speed. Each hiring decision adds directly to both our organization’s mass and acceleration, making Domo more impactful than it was before.
Third Law: When one body exerts a force on a second body, the second body simultaneously exerts a force equal in magnitude and opposite in direction to that of the first body.
Domo’s Third Hiring Law: The technology industry is already occupied by big players that exert a major force, and the force they exert is huge—and we need people who can play with equal and opposite force. But that doesn’t mean we go toe-to-toe; in fact, we are trying to go where they can’t go and do what they can’t do.
What a Domo Team Looks Like
Winning in the market has everything to do with using our energy to provide a better solution for customer’s biggest challenges. Every decision we make at Domo—from what tools to develop to who joins the team—always come back to helping customers make the right decisions with the right information at the right time.