BFM CEO Gabriel Shaoolian Interviewed by Crain’s New York Business

Gabriel Shaoolian, BFM’s Founder and CEO was interviewed by Crain’s New York Business (March 8-14 edition) and the interview can be found online here.

With BFM experiencing explosive growth, Shaoolian provided his keys to making great hires… and avoiding bad ones.

Here’s an excerpt:

Vague responses or yes-or-no answers weed out about half of the applicants, he says. "I want people who are passionate and articulate," Mr. Shaoolian notes. "If people can't communicate a clear vision of what they can contribute, I don't want them talking to clients."

For those who pass that first screening, Mr. Shaoolian has devised further tests. He asks designers, for instance, to explain how they would improve a given Web site.

"We want people who understand that the point is to grow the client's business, not just to look prettier," he says.

Shaoolian has also recently been featured as an expert columnist on


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