Friday, July 26, 2019

Favorite Interview Questions of Business Leaders: Business Insider

Are you gearing up for an important interview?  If so, take a look at my recent post about common interview questions.

While researching that I came upon some favorite interview questions of business leaders that Business Insider posted.  I really enjoyed these questions, and did see that often there is a bit of the interviewers personality that comes out in their question, and also in how they interpret the answer.  Take a look at that article here:

Here are their questions, and sometimes their interpretation of the answers:

Richard Branson, Virgin Group founder: 
"What didn't you get a chance to include on your resume?"

Tony Hsieh, Zappos CEO: 
"On a scale of one to 10, how weird are you?"  And another question, "On a scale of one to 10, how lucky are you in life?"

Larry Ellison, Oracle CTO and Executive Chariman:
"Are you the smartest person you know?"  And why he asks this?  If someone answered yes, she'd get hired.  If someone answered no, the recruiters would ask who is, and then try to hire that person.  Brilliant!

Lori Goler, Facebook HR Chief: 
"On your very best day at work--the day you come home and think you have the best job in the world--what did you do that day?

Peter Thiel, Paypal co-founder and Clarium Capital President
"Tell me something that's true, that almost nobody agrees with you on."

Drew Houston, Dropbox founder has 5 top questions:
Who is the best in the world at what you do?"
Who are your influences?
What have you learned in the last year?
If you were able to sit yourself down 10 years ago, what advice would you give your younger self?
What are the most important lessons you've taken away?"

Hannah Paramore, Paramore founder and EVP
"How old were you when you had your first paying job?"

Jenny Ming, Charlotte Russe president and CEO
"Tell me about your failures."

Marla Malcolm Beck, Bluemercury CEO
"What's the biggest impact you had at your past organization?"

Yasmin Green, Jigsaw head of research and development
"How would you make money from an ice-cream stand in Central Park?"

And my favorite, and my current dinner party question that Elon Musk, Tesla and SpaceX CEO has:  "You are standing on the surface of the Earth.  You walk one mile south, one mile west and one mile north.  You end up exactly where you started.  Where are you"   (For the possible answers, go here:

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