Killer Interview Question: What Would You Do If You Had $5 Million To Start Your Own Business?

Killer Interview Question: What Would You Do If You Had $5 Million To Start Your Own Business?
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This week’s KIQ comes from Nicholas Lennon, Mimecast Australia country manager. This is one of the questions he will use during an interview to see how well a prospective employee can articulate complex situations.

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The question is also designed to spark the creativity in prospective employees and offers them a chance to shine by sharing their ideas that may be a little out of the box. So how should prospective candidates answer the question if they want to impress Lennon?

“Those who are easily able to create a product or service concept, communicate an understanding of the business environment, the end goal and the measures to success along the way will be in a good position to advance to the next stage of the interview process,” he said. It is also important to talk about how to invest that money into hiring talent for the business.

It’s best to take time to gather your thoughts before answering. According to Lennon, a poor response includes focusing too much on one part of the answer and not addressing the question holistically.


  • ROBOTS!!!
    or drugs, guns and sex……….
    or possibly all of them together??

    now give me the money.

  • Wait… Is this just an easy quick canvas way for Lennon to get some ideas on what to put a spare $5m he has into…? 😉

  • Build a giant magnetic rail gun that sends rockets with cargo to mars and self assembling robots that can build mars 1 space station under ground.

  • This has to be up there with ‘what is your worst attribute’ in terms of interview questions. A great way to identify someone who you don’t want to work for.

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