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Barstool Sports CEO Erika Nardini will text candidates
at odd hours to gauge responsiveness. You get three hours to


If Erika Nardini is going to hire you, first she wants to know
you’re committed to your job — even on a Sunday at 11 a.m.

Nardini is the CEO of the sports and men’s lifestyle site
Barstool Sports. In a
recent New York Times interview
, she detailed her process for
vetting job candidates. After saying she was a “horrible
interviewer” because of her impatience, she explained a unique
process for gauging potential hires’ interest in the job.

“Here’s something I do,” she said. “If you’re in the process of
interviewing with us, I’ll text you about something at 9 p.m. or
11 a.m. on a Sunday just to see how fast you’ll respond.”

The maximum response time she’ll allow: three hours.

“It’s not that I’m going to bug you all weekend if you work for
me,” she said, “but I want you to be responsive. I think about
work all the time. Other people don’t have to be working all the
time, but I want people who are also always thinking.”

The policy tracks with some of Nardini’s other beliefs about
work-life balance. In her Times interview, she said she valued
work ethic to the extent it matters “more than most anything,”
and that young people new to their careers should get comfortable
with discomfort.

“It’s really great to feel uncomfortable,” she said. “And you
change so much as a person from that.”

A 2016 survey of
roughly 5,000 employees
by Project Time Off and the
market-research firm GfK found that millennials were most likely
to consider themselves “work martyrs,” or people who rarely take
time off from work in pursuit of career advancement.

The survey also found that millennials were most likely to
demonstrate pride in their unfailing commitment to their jobs:
While only 26% of Gen Xers and 20% of baby boomers wore the “work
martyr” title as a badge of honor, 35% of millennials did.

Read the full interview at The New York Times »