Omer Molad is Co-founder and CEO at Vervoe. He’s on a mission to make hiring about merit, not background. Vervoe replaces the traditional hiring process with skills assessments and gives every candidate an opportunity to showcase their talent by doing job-related tasks. Omer and David Weinberg, both based in Melbourne, Australia, co-founded Vervoe in 2016.
Omer’s career path started in the startup nation, Israel. After serving in the Israeli Defense Force, he dipped his toes in the Tel Aviv startup space, working at two tech companies before immigrating to Australia. After completing a degree in law and commerce, he then embarked on a banking career working with ANZ and NAB.
During this period, he experienced inherent bias in the traditional recruitment process first-hand, shaping his views around what’s missing from the traditional hiring process and how to fix it.
“If you want to truly appreciate how good a tennis player Roger Federer is, you need to see him play,” Omer says. “Neither his high school grades, nor a chat over coffee will come close, and a personality assessment will only reveal that he’s introverted. To see the magic, you need to see him on the court. Similarly, the best way to predict how well someone will perform in a job is to see them in action.”
Since co-founding Vervoe, Omer has become a sought-after thought-leader in the skills-based hiring movement. Vervoe has grown to be a global leader in the HR Tech space, giving thousands of companies the confidence to hire the best candidate with confidence, every time.
Where did the idea for Vervoe come from?
My co-founder David read an article about how companies like Automattic bring candidates in for job trials. We also invested in a film together and saw how auditions are used for casting. We wanted to use technology to bring the concept of “a day in the life” to every hiring process so that every applicant would have an opportunity showcase their skills.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
There is no typical day. I try to spend the vast majority of my time on three things: hiring and developing people; evangelizing our mission and taking to customers; and raising and allocating capital. I also try to minimize internal meetings so I have time to think and I can focus on people outside the company. But on any given day literally anything can happen.
How do you bring ideas to life?
If and when I have ideas I talk to David, my co-founder, and he figures out if they’re worth brining to life. But I’m not usually the ideas guy. We have a clear mission – to make hiring about merit, not background – and I focus on making that a reality.
What’s one trend that excites you?
I’m glad people have finally stopped saying silly things like “you can’t do that remotely”. I’ve heard that about working, raising money, selling and every other thing. We did all those things remotely from day 1 and then covid taught everyone that it’s possible.
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
I’m ruthless in how I allocate myself. If something won’t move the dial, I refuse to spend time on it. But I’ll spend an infinite amount of time on things or people that will.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Play the long game, never give up, and never compromise.
Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.
There is no substitute for hard work and the hardest workers end up being the best performers.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
I consume an enormous amount of information each day and I sort through it very rapidly to determine what’s important. Most people don’t do that, they consume very little.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
Listening to the language customer use to describe the problem we solve for them, and then using that language to describe ourselves.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
Only one? Ha ha. There are so many. Every day something breaks, I pick myself up, I learn, and I move forward.
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
I’ll give all my ideas away because ideas don’t mean much unless they’re executed exceptionally well.
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
I bought special safety pants to wear while I’m using my chainsaw so that I don’t chop my legs off. Try to beat that for value for money!
What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?
This will sound crazy but I use screenshots a lot to relay messages visually. They’re free 🙂
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World. It helped me make sense of my life and my career. Changed how I look at everything.
What is your favorite quote?
“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans” – John Lennon.
- Being a founder is crazy hard but crazy rewarding.
- Knowing what you don’t know and bringing others into the game is key.
- Never give up if you have conviction.
- There are no rules and if there are they suck.
- If you don’t feel compelled, you’re in the wrong game.
Mario Schulzke is the Founder of ideamensch, which he started a decade ago to learn from entrepreneurs and give them a platform for their ideas.