This is one of the difficult interview questions: If you won the lottery, would you continue to work?
If you won 200 million dollars, and continued to go to work every day as a McDonald’s hamburger clerk, you may need to check yourself into a mental institution. You have 200 million dollars. Leave and go do something else.
You’re not going to win 200 million dollars (if you do, we’re willing to take a few million off your hands for you). You’re not going to win 100 million dollars. You’re not going to win 5 million dollars. You need to work every day. In order to do that, you need to answer this question well.
How to Answer:
You don’t need to come up with some considerable BS about how you don’t care about money. That’s so obviously a lie you might make the interviewer sick. What you can do, however, is focus on intangibles that you get from the workplace that you wouldn’t get anywhere else. These are true. Some people really do work often, even when they have millions, because they need something productive to occupy their time. Use that in your answer.
“Would I work? Of course not. I’d leave and go vacation around the world until the day I retire. I have 200 million dollars, dude. Why would I work?”
“Having an unlimited supply of money is great. However, the advantage of having that money is that I can focus on a career that makes me happy without worrying about the stresses associated with worrying about one’s income. If I could find a workplace with a friendly atmosphere at a company that I’m proud of, there is no better place to spend my time and enjoy that wealth. So yes, I would absolutely be working.”
Here you are not saying that you don’t care about money. You do. You are, however, saying that you value happiness even more so, and that working for a company you are proud of with people you enjoy makes you happy. This way you are not pretending millions don’t mean anything but rather saying that a great job complements that money by giving you a productive and positive way to spend your time.
Take Away Interview Tips:
- Don’t pretend as though you wouldn’t be happy winning that money.
- Focus on intangibles that you get from the workplace that you would need even if you were independently wealthy.