Prepare For The Warren Buffett Test
Buffet doesn't hire people because you've had a nice chat. When you apply to work for the Oracle of Omaha expect to be tested in key dimensions including:
* Creative Smarts - Solving Puzzles (and playing bridge lol).
* Energy - Present and the Present Again Better.
* Improvisation - Be flexible and open to what's happening now.
* Get WHACKED and Keep On Ticking.
That last bullet is my interpretation of what interviewing at Berkshire must be like, but bet you learn about yourself fast. The implication I love is highly credentialed people taking a test in real time.
Buffett could care less about what is on paper. He wants to take you out for a test drive and see how you tick. I've been in a similar interviews. Here is 5 Tips For How To Prepare For A Buffett-like Interview:
* Challenge your habits and assumptions daily. Do something NEW or try something new every darn day.
* Achieve a BHAG so you get to know yourself in that special way only BHAGs (Big Hairy Audacious Goals) teach (riding a bicycle across America did this for me).
* Look for situations where you lose patience and rinse and repeat until you have patience, listen better and hear the subtext that is always there but rarely heard.
* VIDEO yourself presenting CONSTANTLY. Ask for feedback and the NASTIER the better (see the point about patience).
* Practice LISTENING daily (repeat and summarize for agreement, learn to ask great "open ended" questions and have someone grade you on listening - make that someone your significant other and you will listen better or get divorced...I'm divorced btw :).
Another helpful reference is to remember the "Rules of Improvisation". Sounds like an oxymoron right? Actually I've used the rules of improv to help train Internet marketing too:
Rules of Improvisation
1) Don't Deny
2) Don't ask open ended Questions
3) You don't have to be funny.
4) You can look good if you make your partner look good.
5) Tell a story.
Practice those 5 skills and mix in rules of improv look forward to getting hired by Warren Buffett or whoever :). M