Employers understand what they need from their employees and sometimes the best way to find out if a candidate is a good fit it to catch the interviewee off guard. You might encounter a question like, “What would you do if you won the lottery” Honestly, if you won millions upon millions, no one would blame you for enjoying early retirement, but don’t mention this to the hiring manger. The interviewer wants to get to know more about your hobbies and interests, but also if you are the type of person to always crave personal growth.
Points to Emphasize
When you answer this question, try to incorporate your relevant traits such as responsibility, generosity and ambition.
- Emphasize how your happiness depends on more than money.
- Focus on how the money might help you pursue your passions.
- Highlight how you might help others in your family or community.
- Show how the winning the lottery would make you a better professional.
Feel free to incorporate a little bit of humor at this point. If you can laugh with your hiring manager, that creates a fantastic basis for a future working relationship.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
Don’t pretend that having a sudden influx of massive amounts of money is a negative. Acknowledge the hypothetical winning of the lottery jackpot without making yourself look unprofessional.
- Do not just say you would quit your job and stay home.
- Do not discuss unprofessional hobbies you might partake in.
- Do not give the impression that your career would become irrelevant.
- Do not forget to sell yourself for the position.
Stay focused as you reply to this question. You are still there to acquire a new position, so direct your answer back to how you are an ideal candidate.
Here is an example of a good answer to the question about winning the lottery:
If I won the lottery, I’d probably do a healthy round of investing and make sure I set aside enough for my children’s college tuition. Of course, I would take an amazing vacation and travel during holidays, but ultimately, I think I’d keep working. I think I’d be bored without a job and frankly, I’m too attached to the success of my career.
Remember, you are still in an interview, so you do have to sell yourself as a good candidate with each response. Don’t be afraid to get a little personal and perhaps mention a hobby you would enjoy. However, stay focused on representing the skills and qualities that qualify you for the position.