There’s a reason why Bill Gates gets anxious during employee interviews: hiring the wrong person could result in a waste of the most precious resource: time. Time that you’ve spent on building and growing your business.
Now, this article is not meant for entry level job interviews. For simplier, more tedious jobs, you’ll probably reserve yourself to finding people who are dilligent and reliable.
However, when it comes to finding the right people for important, often management-related positions, you need to change your gameplan, or all of your blood, sweat and tears can go to waste, quickly.
Without further ado, here are three most important questions billionaires ask when finding the right person for the job:
- “Where Are You?” by Elon Musk
While Google is the company notorious for asking weird, off-balancing questions, Elon Musk has always been the paragon of untraditional thinking.
According to Musk, questions like these are designed to put the interviewees out of their comfort shoes and gives them an opportunity to display humor, problem solving, and stress management.
- “Who Is the Best at What You Do?” by Drew Houston, founder of Dropbox
Drew emphasizes the importance of asking people about their mentors and thought leaders. In Drew’s opinion—and it’s an opinion worth taking into consideration—it is important to select people who have strong mentors. In his world, this means that the person is willing to grow, learn and innovate, as opposed to just surviving paycheck to paycheck.
- “Tell Me About a Risk You Took” by Steve Cohen, founder of Point72 Asset Management
Steve has made his fortunes through investing, but his insights into talent scouting are applicable to most any business today. Nowadays, it’s hard to think of a top-level position that wouldn’t involve at least some degree of risk-taking. When asking this question, make sure to go in-depth about the prospect’s motivations, decision making and execution, and see if it fits into your company’s value system.