• What company do you admire the most and why?
  • If you could start your own business, what kind of business would it be. What would you sell?
  • What do you think is a very innovative product?
  • Which business leaders do you admire the most?
  • What business stories have interested you recently?
  • What are your five favourite brands and why?
  • Do you invest in shares? Do you think it’s a good way to invest?
  • What kinds of investments are the most risky? Least risky? Have you tried any of them? Do you plan to?
  • What jobs have you had? What was your best job? Your worst? What job are you hoping to do in the future?
  • Can you think of any companies that are highly successful and profitable? Why do you think they are so successful?
  • If you had to choose between working for Google, Microsoft or Apple, who would you choose and why?
  • What is the job of your dreams? What can you do to make this dream a reality?
  • When you were a child, what did you want to be?
  • What are the pros and cons of working overseas?
  • Do you manage your time well? What do you think you could do to manage it better?
  • Who do you consider to be the best business role model? Madonna, Richard Branson (Virgin), Oprah Winfrey, Steve Jobs (Apple). Would you read a book of business advice written by any of these people?
  • What is the best or most memorable advertisement you have ever seen?
  • What do you think are the greatest difficulties facing the world’s economy at the moment?
  • What is the economic outlook for your country at the moment? Are you optimistic or pessimistic about your country’s economic future?
  • Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the world’s economy? Do changes in the world’s economy have any effect on you?
  • Are you interested in business and economics? Do you know your country’s key economic data? (e.g. interest rate / inflation / unemployment / foreign exchange rates)
  • What are the biggest sectors in your country's economy? Which are growing? Which are contracting?
  • What is the most important advice you would give to someone starting a new job?
  • What is your opinion about advertising? Do you think there is too much of it? Should advertising be regulated and controlled?
  • Has the computer created or killed jobs do you think?
  • Would you prefer to work for a large company or a small company? Why?
  • Do you think companies should block employee access to sites like Facebook and Gmail? Why (not)?
  • Would you rather be self employed or work for a salary at a company? Why?
  • Do you think It is better to take any job than be unemployed?
  • What do you think is most important advice when starting your own business?
  • What company would you most like to work for and why?
  • Have you ever seriously thought about starting your own business? Has anyone in your family ever started their own business?
  • Do you believe that a company should be able to contact you when you are on vacation? Under what circumstances?
  • Would you prefer an average paying 9 am to 5 pm job or a very high paying job that often requires you to work 12 hours a day and some weekends?
  • Would you prefer a high stress - high paid job or a medium stress - medium paid job?
  • How do you cope with pressure? When was the last time felt very stressed? What do you do to try to reduce stress in your life?
  • ‘A business that makes nothing but money is a poor kind of business.’ Henry Ford What do you think Henry Ford meant by this? Do you agree / disagree?
  • How good are you at making decisions? What was the most important decision you ever had to make at work? At home? Have you ever regretted a decision? How do you go about making an important decision?
  • Do you like working in a team or on your own? What are the advantages of teamwork compared to working on your own? Are there any disadvantages
  • How important are the following characteristics for business in your country? a.) using first names b.) punctuality c.) humour d.) giving gifts f.) socialising outside work h.} small talk i.) showing emotions j.) working extra hours k.) appearing to be busy l.) formality between levels in the hierarchy
  • What do you think are some of the secrets for holding an effective business meeting?
  • What is your idea of the perfect company to work for? What would they offer you?
  • What is your idea of the perfect company to work for? What would be your criteria? (e.g. high salary, gym facilities, lots of training, lets me work from home etc.)
  • What is your idea of the perfect boss to work for? (e.g. gives me lots of praise, gives me lots of responsibility etc.)
  • How many hours a week do you think is reasonable to work? What is a healthy balance between free time and time we spend working? How important is work - life balance to you?
  • "Work expands to fill the time available for its completion." C Northcote Parkinson. What does this quote mean? Do you agree with it? What can you learn from this?
  • In the age of the multinational corporation, more and more people are expected to work abroad. Which 3 countries would you most / least like to work in? Which 3 things in your country would you miss most? What is the maximum time you would be prepared to live outside your country?
  • Do you think you’d be a tough or easy person to work for? Why?
  • Do you think you have a good head for business? Why? Why not?
  • What skills or qualities do you have that will help you in the business world?
  • What is most important to you in a job?