A few intrepid companies are doing precisely that. One Silicon Valley company I researched experimented with allowing small groups of people to apply for jobs together. The company either hired the entire group, or none of its members. More commonly, a number of high-profile companies have engaged in “acqui-hiring,” buying startups with an eye toward acquiring their talented teams. Similarly, new CEOs sometimes bring along colleagues with whom they’ve worked in the past. In addition to trusting these people, the new CEOs know they can be relied on to work well together.
Hiring is traditionally a piecemeal endeavor, with managers bringing individuals on board one at a time to fill specific openings. But what if companies didn’t always hire this way? What if they sometimes hired groups of people instead?