Interview Questions From Self-Made Billionaires 2008-09-22 08:00:38

Interview Questions From Self-Made Billionaires, Part I


It's obvious Forbes had a good time playing 20 questions with 17 self-made members of the Forbes 400 — you know, the list of the 400 richest Americans. One question all of the billionaires were asked was "What are the first and last questions you ask in any job interview?" The answers range from practical to paranoid, and I've shared part one of the 16 answers with you here (Ron Perelman had no answer for this question). Listed below are the questions they typically ask at the beginning of an interview: Which of these questions would you have the most fun answering, and which would be most challenging for you?

  1. John Catsimiditis — What do you like to do?
  2. Leon Charney — How did you feel when you walked in?
  3. John Paul DeJoria — Welcome, would you please sit down?
  4. Tom Golisano — What can you do for the company?
  5. Michael Heisley — Why are you seeking this position?
  6. R.J. Kirk — Why are you here?
  7. Ted Lerner — Questions to elicit and evaluate integrity and character.
  8. Rob Maguire — Why are you here?

See eight more billionaires' first interview questions when you read more

  1. Seth Merrin — What are you passionate about?
  2. Jorge Perez — What are your strengths?
  3. Wilbur Ross — Why do you want to work here?
  4. Alexander Rovt — Do you like to work?
  5. Phil Ruffin — How much are you going to sue me for?
  6. Tom Secunda — If I gave you the answer to this, I'd lose my ability to interview. Everyone would be prepared.
  7. Patrick Soon-Shiong — What brought you to us?
  8. Allen Stanford — Tell me about yourself and why you are suited for the job.

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