The favorite job interview questions of Richard Branson and 24 other highly successful executives

Whilst it’s all well and good writing a smokin’ CV and lauding yourself in front of potential suitors on a bit of paper, it’s only half the job done. Don’t rest on your laurels, you’ve got a job interview to nail! These are the favourite questions that those high-flying big wigs like to ask you, as told by them…

  1. ‘What didn’t you get a chance to include on your résumé?’

    (Richard Branson – Virgin Group)'What didn't you get a chance to include on your résumé?'

  2. ‘On a scale of one to 10, how weird are you?’

    (Tony Hsieh – Zappos)

  3.  ‘What would the closest person in your life say if I asked them, ‘What is the one characteristic that they totally dig about you, and the one that drives them insane?”

    (Kat Cole – New York Times)

  4.  ‘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?’

    (Elon Musk – Tesla and SpaceX CEO)

  5. ‘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?’'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?'

    (Miranda Kalinowski – Facebook)

  6. ‘What was the last costume you wore?’

    (David Gilboa – Warby Parker)
  7. ‘Give me an example of a time when you solved an analytically difficult problem.’

    (Laszlo Bock – Google)
  8. ‘Tell me about your background.’

     (Melanie Whelan – SoulCycle)
  9. ‘If you were an animal, which animal would you be?’

     'If you were an animal, which animal would you be?'

(Ryan Holmes (right) – Hootsuite & Stormy Simon – Overstock (left))

10. ‘Tell me something that’s true, that almost nobody agrees with you on.’

(Peter Thiel – PayPal)

11. ‘How would you describe yourself in one word?’

(Dara Richardson-Heron – YWCA)

12. ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’

'What do you want to be when you grow up?'

(Steve Butterfield – Flickr)

 13. ‘What would someone who doesn’t like you say about you?’

(Stanley McChrystal – McChrystal Group)

14. ‘Tell me about your failures.’

(Jenny Ming – Charlotte Russe)

15. ‘If I were to say to a bunch of people who know you, ‘Give me three adjectives that best describe you,’ what would I hear?’

(Michelle Peluso – Gilt and Hudson’s Bay Company)

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