Who would you like to have lunch with? Lunch with Warren Buffett can cost $3.5 million! Do you think you could learn enough in a few hours to justify that cost? People bid for the opportunity to have lunch with Warren Buffett. Last year’s winner was Ted Weschler who wound up getting a job with Buffett. Imagine a lunch with someone like Buffett could change your life. Who would you like to have lunch with?
I can have lunch or dinner with many people for a lot less than $3.5 million! Use your imagination, who would like to have lunch with? Is it a movie star, singer, politician, entrepreneur, model, professional athlete or business person? Maybe it is a poet laureate, comedian, magician, author, fashion designer, economist, astrologer or someone in history. For fun, you can only choose one person to have lunch with. So choose carefully and to make it interesting, you do not even pay for it.
Just to keep it interesting, you cannot pick Warren Buffett because the highest bid wins. I think there are enough other interesting people in the world to choose. Whether you know who it would be or you need time to research, what would you ask him or her? Remember this is not an opportunity to date these men or women instead it is just an interview over lunch. Could it be an opportunity to make a connection? Sure, if your questions are outstanding.
Does it matter to you where the lunch is? Should it be your favorite or their favorite restaurant? Does it matter to you? Is it better to go to Spago (Los Angeles) and risk other people interrupting you? Would it be better to have a private dining room in an out of the way restaurant? Would you rather have the food delivered to an office location? Does any of this matter to you? What would you eat? Could you eat or would you be star struck?
Okay, you meet for lunch and you get past the pleasantries! What would you ask? No marriage proposals because it would be very embarrassing to be turned down and it would put a damper on the rest of the interview. What is your first question? I think that sets the tone of any interview and also tells the interviewee a little about you. You could ask a very general interview question of “tell me about yourself?” Questions are important and you need to spend the time to come up with the right ones!
Some of my questions may be when you are not doing your job, what do you do for fun? When did you realize you would be good at your job? How did you select this particular job? What do you want said in your eulogy? I would also throw in some fun questions such as what is the best part of waking up. Interviews are not fun, so include some fun questions to lighten it up. Perhaps a lighter question would be describe your perfect or favorite meal? What was your first car or job?
This can be a fun exercise to just fantasize who would you have lunch with or you can actually find someone that you could connect with. This is a great networking tool or opportunity that you should use often. Take someone to lunch to just learn about them is an inexpensive investment. When I was an executive, I took a variety of people to lunch to learn more about them. Most people are relaxed at lunch and pretty open. Your conversation can be mixed with questions that will help you manage them or help you work better with your peers. Have you ever done that?
Who did you decide to have lunch with? Where did you have the lunch? Tell me some of your questions? Please let me know in your comments! Interviewing job candidates has been raised to an art form when it comes to questions. Some of the high tech firms like to ask really thought provoking questions to see how the other person thinks. Questions such as what do you value most in life or describe yourself and do you think people perceive you the same way? Good questions make interviews special and it is true with this exercise too. Who would you like to have lunch with?
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