If you’re interviewing with 33 year old billionaire Drew Houston – founder of Dropbox , there are five questions in particular you should be prepared to
1. Who is the best in the world at what you do?
2. Who are your influences?
3. What have you learned in the last year?
4. If you were able to sit yourself down 10 years ago, what advice would you give your younger self?
5. What are the most important lessons you’ve taken away?
He’s drawn to people who really love their craft, and treat it like a craft, and are always trying to be better and are obsessed with what separates great from good.”
He said he thinks these five questions help him understand if a candidate has these qualities.
Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey says that running a successful business is “all about the people.”
Being able to attract the right people means having a deep understanding of your company’s purpose, that you can clearly articulate that purpose, and that you can identify alignments and misalignments within the company.
“The most important question I ask whenever I’m interviewing someone is:
Why are you here?” Dorsey said.
“If I see passion for our purpose, I know that any skill can be taught.”
He added that if people have passion about their work, they will go above and beyond to be successful and fulfil that purpose. If they don’t, he said, it will be a drag on the entire organisation.
He also highlighted the importance of focusing not just on individual employees, but on how various people complement each other.
If there is misalignment, he said, and if it is because of a purpose, then they make a “hard decision” and part ways.
“It’s the hardest thing, but it unlocks potential, it unlocks growth,” he said.