“What If You Win the Lottery?”

Let’s set the table here by indicating the lottery payout is ten million dollars after taxes. One lump sum. Boom. Check paid to the winner and there is only one winner: your applicant!

I read on a business site that this interview question is used to find out if the person would still work if they didn’t need the money.

That it would also tell the interviewer how responsible the person would be in spending the money. Would they spend away or would they invest a good chunk of the winnings?

And perhaps the question is designed to find out how loyal someone would be to your company.

So, if we believe all of the above, the question could find out for you how motivated, hard-working, responsible and loyal someone is.


Or the applicant might just simply blurt out, “If I win the lottery, I’m out of here!”

I kind of like that answer.

Look, if you’re hiring someone for a long term position, with stock options and an important buyout of your company in the offing that requires a commitment from key staff, then I imagine you’d want someone who’s really going to hang in there with you.

But ten million dollars?

Who is kidding who?

If I had a dollar for every time I heard someone say, “If I win the lottery, I won’t change a thing about my life!”

I’d be much happier with the applicant telling me that he’d give notice the moment he verified he had the winning ticket. It’s refreshingly honest.

Well, that’s the tip and I’m sticking to it.

As the law varies in each area, please check with an attorney to ensure you are applying these tips within the law.

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