The million dollar question in a job interview with Goldman Sachs
Interview Barbara Bierach, May 4th, 2016 / 05-10-2016
Becca Brown, co-founder of Solemates, a brand of women’s shoe-care products, worked at Goldman Sachs in the UK for almost six years. In her various roles, which included analyst, wealth adviser, and chief of staff, she interviewed between 20 and 30 job candidates a year vying for a few highly coveted positions at the investment bank.
One question she asked all of the candidates: 'What do you like doing the most?' Sometimes she asked this question in the form of: "What do you love doing the most in your current or former job?" Other times she asked: "What's your favourite thing to do outside of work?"
"I still love this question because ultimately it gives you insight into who the person really is," she says. "If someone hates making cold calls, but loves data analysis, it's important for you to determine that distinction because each requires totally different skill sets."
If someone enjoys doing a specific job or task, they will probably end up being good at it — or at least passionate about it, Brown told Business Insider. "And I think it's so important to harness people's strengths."