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During one of my internship interviews I received a question that I would have never expected. Rather than the performance or case questions that are the norm, I was asked one question so open ended that it left me reeling for a moment.
“You have an hour to do whatever you want. What do you do?”
They’re looking for something here. Do I say skydiving to make myself seem adventurous? Do I show dedication to a task? Do I talk about how many of my free hours are spent watching old sci-fi television, or does this particular company frown on excess Space: 1999? I cleared my throat and gave the only answer I thought was logical.
“I’d have lunch.”
While this answer may have helped me land my eventual internship at Myriad Restaurant Group in New York, it seemed incongruous for many other companies. Only lunch? There’s nothing more important you want to be doing? Nothing more adventurous or exciting? What’s the benefit of lunch when you have the whole of human experience? It may sound odd, but I think a good meal with the right folks will help you more than anything.
Top 5 Reasons to Use LinkedIn Mobile
1) You’re walking to your networking coffee and you’re not sure who to look for. Log on to the mobile app and search for their name, most likely you’ll get a small headshot to help you identify them at Starbucks.
2) It’s Discovery Weekend at Owen, or Alumni Weekend, or any other big event and you don’t want to forget that last person you met. Go into the app and add them as a connection! You may not be able to personalize the message, but at least you won’t forget them.
3) You’re in class and the professor is asking about what happened in the news relevant to strategy/ leadership/ finance that week. Seriously, LinkedIn today will help you sound way smarter than we all know you already are.
4) Then share that latest and greatest with your network, perhaps they’re in the next section of class, or maybe they’re your next employer either way – share your insights!
5) You just got your interview schedule (it starts in 30 minutes) and you don’t know half the people on the list. Hit up the app to do some quick research about your interviewers’ backgrounds and gain insights to what they might be looking for from you. By the way, I just used this in my most recent interview!
All Hallow’s Eve is a spirited event around Owen, with activities ranging from a scary movie showing in Averbuch Auditorium, to an all-school Halloween party (which featured two Fred Flintstones, the case of Sesame Street, and Wilson from Home Improvement, among many others). Over the past week, though, a contest has been sponsored by 100% Owen, the school’s community service organization. Students were given the opportunity to ‘vote’, by donating money to charity, for an Owen professor to wear a Halloween costume to class on October 31. The people spoke, and the majority vote-getter was Managerial Econ professor Luke Froeb. Professor Froeb made economics even scarier than usual as his alter-ego, Freddy Krueger:
Business school has its serious moments, but sometimes it’s the goofy moments that make for a memorable class, and raise some money for a good cause to boot.