The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.
I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.
Can you please tell everyone your name?
What is your job role?
Co-Founder/ Financial Adviser
Tell us about your company?
Financial Advice firm aimed at helping those typically between 25 & 45 make smart money decisions.
What do you love most about your job?
Having a genuine impact on everyday lives.
What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
Knowing that the work we do enables people to achieve everything in life that is important to them whether that be, saving to start a business, family or buying their first home!
How do your co-workers inspire you?
By bringing completely different perspectives to everything that we do.
How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
Eating is a big part of what we do, any excuse for a team lunch. In saying that we’re a reasonably active bunch, so any charity/ exercise event usually gets us moving. We’re off to climb mount Kosciusko in a couple of months.
What are some of the challenges of your job?
Holding people accountable to their goals. It can be challenging for clients to see what impact instant gratification is having on their long-term goals and aspirations. We spend a lot of time showing them where they’ll end up if they don’t change their spending behaviours but on the flip side, what small changes today will have on their future aspirations! (which is the exciting bit).
What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
The hardest challenge (project) that we’ve faced recently is around recruitment and finding the right people. A few lessons we’ve learnt:
- Find a recruiter that genuinely understands your business’s culture.
- Get the candidate to do a psychometric test. These have been helpful in enabling us to ask more pointed questions around specifically where the candidate may have some shortfalls. They also help with structuring the new recruits training program (provides insights into how they like to work).
- Follow your gut, if it doesn’t feel right straight away, it never will.
What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Always be asking questions from your clients and prospective clients, never assume what they want.
Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web:
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