a�?You know when you go bowling, the bowling alley has bumpers on each lane?a�? he said. a�?I hire the best people, show them where the pins are, and then I just act as their bumpers.a�?
As a result, Ibrahim, who was named one of Forbesa�� a�?30 Under 30a�? in 2017, takes a hands-on role in his organizationa��s hiring process. Founded in 2013, SunCulture sells drip irrigation systems to Kenyan farmers, with the aim of saving water and generating clean electricity.
Ibrahim extensively interviews all potential direct reports at the startup, based in Nairobi, Kenya, sometimes clocking in over 40 hours of conversations with people interviewing for certain crucial positions.
For many of those interviews, Ibrahim prefers to kick things off with a challenge.
a�?I like to start interviews by asking people to tell me about themselves without talking about work,a�? he said. a�?Surprisingly, this catches people off guard, and their response usually shows how personable they are.a�?
When it comes to the hiring process, Ibrahim says that personality a�� along with a�?a desire to build something meaningfula�? a�� is crucial.
He also has advice for job seekers, especially those who are just starting out in their careers.
a�?Think about what it is that you want to be remembered for,a�? Ibrahim said. a�?Really think about it. Thata��s your North Star. Now make sure everything you do gets you closer to your North Star.a�?