Former New York City mayor and multi-billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg knows exactly what he wants in a perfect job candidate and it’s not what you would expect.
Bloomberg employs about 19,000 people in nearly 200 countries but his ideal candidate is someone who understands how to deal with a struggle.
Speaking to a group of small-business entrepreneurs at the 20th graduation of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, Bloomberg explained his ideal job candidate.
“I’ve alway said I would like to hire a person whose father was never there, whose mother was in a drug treatment program, and he had to go and work 3 shifts [a week] at McDonalds to take care of his siblings.”
“That’s the kind of person we want — somebody that, no matter how bad things are, looks on the bright side, takes the bull by the horns, puts in the sweat capital, and that’s where the results are,” he added. hire friends or family unless absolutely necessary.
Michael Bloomberg says business owners and managers should also avoid hiring friends or family unless absolutely necessary.
“We have a no nepotism policy at my company because you can’t treat those people fairly,” he said.
In terms of job hunting, Bloomberg has a simple piece of advice. “You have to network.”