During a job interview, it’s good to be excited and enthusiastic about the company you’d be working for, and most of the time, you should also be discerning about the role you’re taking on.
When you say something to the effect of, ‘I don’t care what jobs you have available — I’ll do anything!’ most recruiters would take that as a serious red flag. But not Daniel Schwartz, the CEO of Restaurant Brands International, parent company of Burger King, Popeyes and Tim Hortons; He welcomes the more controversial response, “I’ll do anything”
Schwartz says that he looks for candidates with infectious energy and a can-do attitude.
During a recent interview at The New York Times, Schwartz acknowledged his liking for job candidates who say they’re willing to do anything” because it reminds him of the attitude he sported early on in his own career.
The CEO said he really didn’t care what he was going to do. All he wanted was to be involved in interesting projects and to work with interesting people.
Schwartz also looks for employees who are willing to work hard and show their passion.
“I like people who genuinely are looking for a project and not a job,” he says. “We’re looking for people who want to be part of something bigger. We don’t want people who see us as a stepping stone.”
To distinguish the hard workers from the rest of the pack, Schwartz asks the same question during every interview: “Are you smart or do you work hard?”
“You want hard workers,” he says. “You’d be surprised how many people tell me, ‘I don’t need to work hard, I’m smart.’ Really? Humility is important.”