Getting a job at Nike — or any sportswear brand, for that matter — is a dream for anyone who has a love for sneakers. But actually getting one is something else. Tons of people are fighting for these gigs, and the companies tend to select the most talented applicants for these roles. In a recent interview with Portland Business Journal, Nike CEO Mark Parker explains exactly what it takes to get a job with his crew.

Parker said:

At Nike, we’ve built a culture that attracts smart, curious and highly creative employees. Of course a passion for sport is also critical because no matter where you work — in design, at retail or in the supply chain — we are all focused on serving the athlete. We also look for people who strike a balance between mastering the fundamentals of their role and pushing the edges of what’s expected from them. That’s what drives new thinking across our company and that’s how people grow in their careers here. I started at Nike in design, but I was always looking for ways to contribute to the team in an expanded way. And we are big believers in the power of the collective – in uniting individuals with different strengths, experiences and points of view. The chemistry across our diverse teams makes us stronger together than we could ever be as individuals.

There you have it. Those looking to apply at Nike can do so here.

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