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Dropbox Rotation Program Interview

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If you're the CEO, what are the first three things you check about the business when you wake up?

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1) are our employees safe and sound, 2) are there any major customer issues or service problems, 3) What is new happening in the world and our industry today

Ron on

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As CEO I don't need to micromanage. I'd check the news, weather, and email.

Dave on

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1: How happy are your employees. 2: How happy are you customers. 3: Where are we wasting time and money and how can it be improved.

Zach on

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If I had to check that every morning, the first thing I'd do would be checking GlassDoor to find a list of new jobs.

Shelley on

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The news, stock price, email

Ed on

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First respond to any messages from the 'Red' line (em/voice/text/other). Good days are when there are none. Second, review the days schedule that you and your admin created and re-schedule appointments if needed. Third, triage and delegate issues from the 'Yellow' line as needed. There are almost always some of these.

Anonymous on

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First, I'd check to insure my responsibilities aren't being given to interviewees. Second, I'd check to see if they actually had any good ideas. And third, I would claim those ideas as my own.

Doug on

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Are customers happy? How are sales? Are our teams able to do their jobs well?

Ima Richfield on

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1. Are my employees happy. 2. Are my consumers happy. 3. Has my company kept it's promises today.

Karen Daly on

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Am I still passionate about what I do and have to offer, and Is the "need" for what I offer still viable? If not, who is available to help me "fix" the problems with the first two items.

Kathy W. on

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#1 Sales, (top three & bottom three departments), #2 Controllable expenses (payroll, business expenses) #3 Email

Isaac on

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How did the business do yesterday What is plan of action for today to make it better and world news

Nidhi on

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1. Check phone and emails to see if there's anything I need to deal with immediately. 2. Check calendar to see what's on the agenda today. 3. Check the spelling and grammar on everything we put out to the public. It looks bad when you can't write a well-constructed sentence.

Anonymous on

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If I were the CEO I wont have to micromanage my people down the line I will let them to their job responsibly (but I'll require a feedback and listen to what they say for the improvement individually, professionally, for the growth, development and expansion of the company as a whole). I'd rather check the news, weather and my emails as I sit down and have a healthy breakfast and hot black coffee to start up the day.... I strongly believe that taking CARE of your internal employees first & hearing them out gives a more enthusiastic, loyal and passionate stellar service.

Wanda Costales on

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1 - Check for messages from the COO: were there any catastrophes over night - defined by a severe potential dissatisfaction from customers. 2 - Check my schedule and make sure that the most important things are on it, and that no time is allotted to trivial things. 3 - Check that my future plans for the direction of the company are on track. I'd probably do this while exercising.

Liz on

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1. My social media channels (tells me how people feel about my service) 2. My subscribership dashboard (tells me how people are reacting to my service) 3. Check out major competitor news (tells me how people are reacting to my competition) Then I feel equipped to address the days emails, meetings and projects.

Lacie on

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1. How my family and friends are doing. 2. My messages - emails, voicemails, texts. 3. The news I would not check the stock price daily because I am worried about trends, not the day-to-day guessing of gamblers on Wall Street. The news will keep me informed so I can better prepare for the future of the company and our customers. Messages are important because I will have the proper people under me to help me be informed of problems and opportunities. Family and friends are important because they will be there with me to celebrate the successes as well as strengthen me to get through the problems.

Brad on

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Are the lights on, servers plugged in, and call centers open

Matt on

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1) Financial results by business segment 2) Significant customer issues 3) significant employee issues

RobC on

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I will check email from my admin to ensure that nothing has happened overnight which requires input from me - if there is, then respond and find out why. Subordinates at that level should be capable enough not to require emergency intervention by me. Next, check that my coffee is brewing and that I have hot water for my shower.

Anonymous on

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Stock price, email, industry news

Michelle on

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Cash in all bank accounts Upcoming appointments Status reports from all department heads

Shari on

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Yesterday's profit, Today's profit and tomorrow's potential profit

emhr23 on

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Check the news, check the stocks, check my bank account.

Mimi on

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Glassdoor to see what employees are saying News and technical trends to see if there is anything the company can do to improve life. My Daily Schedule so I can prepare for the day and modify it based on #1 and #2

Ron on

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1. Check what my team and our customers need to be successful for the day and are motivated and inspired through being my being role model. 2. Model through taking 20/80 action, passion and commitment to our company in helping us to achieve our vision and values. 3. Set direction, advise and delegate how we can meet our short term and longer. KPI's and revenue objectives.

Anonymous on

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1. to-date target realization, 2. how are the up-stream projects doing, 3. are we structured/focused well to overdeliver our targets

Pol on

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Stock prices

Nolita on

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Who's the CEO. If it's not me, I'm going back to sleep. Search the company name on Google for trending news. Call the company to make sure the phone system is up and we have not been sold

Jim on

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1chexk emails 2 stretch and breath 3 check news and family

Anonymous on

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The first thing IP

Anonymous on

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As the CEO of basically ant type of company I believe the first thing every morning would be to check the market for highs or lows, read the paper or watch the news for political turns over-night and check for the latest in natural disasters, especially this day & age and see if my company is effected and if so, how bad. If life changing, my next step would be to immediately call a board meeting, financial analysts, etc to assess the damage. If the world stayed quite and all is well with the market. I'd just call my receptionist for my daily schedule on my way to work and prepare for my 1st dog and pony show of the day...lol...yes I would want my employees / customers happy. I want the companies projects done on time. However, considering I am the CEO I'm pretty sure I have people that keeps checks and balances for all those things. I would like to think I had a staff that could handle our current business leaving the door open for me to bring in new business...

Crystal on

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1. Are my employees all well and accounted for? 2. Did yesterday's assigned tasks get completely accurately an on time? 3. What can we do to make today better than yesterday?

Tracey Rogers on

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1. Are my employees all well and accounted for? 2. Did yesterday's assigned tasks get completely accurately and on time? 3. What can we do to make today better than yesterday?

Tracey Rogers on

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1. Are my employees all well and accounted for? 2. Did yesterday's assigned tasks get completely accurately and on time? 3. What can we do to make today better than yesterday?

Tracey Rogers on

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messages, business e-mails, and issues (whether customer,sales,employee,or departmental).

sue rasmussen on

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Emails, connectivity issues, research new ways to appreciate my employees.

Cassie on

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Stock Price, Twitter, Google News

Anonymous on

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It's highly dependent on the type of company. If manufacturer: Shipped products to orders, Financials, Receivables service company: Sales Pipeline/Bookings, Fiancials, Customer Feedback entertainment/media company: Trending Social Media/News, Project updates, Financials

RDA on

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1. Any news items about what the competition is doing. 2. Any news items about us. 3. Brainstorm my responses to the press on #1 and #2.

Jim on

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1) Are my people happy 2) Are my customers happy 3) How can we better align our reality with our vision today

Brenda on

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1. My calendar - todays appointments 2. Overall satisfaction of the company - employees and clients 3. Revenue Then check in with my direct reports to make it happen for the day.

Eric on

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1. Overall Business Rating 2. Stock close day prior 3. Executive Mgmt. status and employee satisfaction

Connie N. on

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My Bladder. My rectal gas pressure. Are the servers up

Tony on

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Any PR or mentions of the company Company stock index Important follow-ups promised to me yesterday, EOD

Carrie Sampson on

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1.) Check over my one sentence strategy for that day (developed during early AM routine) 2.) People check...say good morning to my team and deliver a word of encouragement that coalesces around current initiative. 3.) Check computer systems.

Lori on

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1. Stock price 2. Project deadlines 3. Meeting schedules

Jill on

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In order (and all before leaving the house) ... (1) phone messages, (2) email messages ... to assure no overnight or early morning emergencies. (3) listen to business news while I get ready for work.

Bill Johnson on

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Bookings, Billings, and Backlog

Charles L Gaby, CPIM on

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Revenue, cash flow available, and if there's any red flag issues for the day.

bernard r on

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1. Prior day sales against target 2. HR updates 3. Expense ratios

Autre on

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Check liquidity position; do have enough cash/cash equivalent to take advantage of investment/new opportunities, Is our business strategy working to stay ahead of the competition, with our strategies and check on our promise to customers are we meeting and exceeding customers expectations, with CRM

Anonymous on

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if our customers are happy if there is enough cashflow to sustain the business if our industry is growing

Anonymous on

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Your overnight communiques, your days agenda and the stock price.

Anonymous on

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I would also make sure my Website is up and running.

Anon on

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1- Time: I don't sleep longer 2- The mirror in the bathroom to see how beautiful, kind and communicative I look 3- and the weather, to choose what clothes I can wear Before CEO, I am a human, and if I don't give the first 10 mints of morning to myself when I wake up, I cannot be patient in the office, and you cannot make people feel welcome and happy until and unless you are not happy and welcome with your body. I would ever never check my email box when I wake up in the morning in first 10 mints and no social media because there is always good and bad news.

Sultana Daliri on

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Nothing. There are more important matters to attend to first thing in the morning... like: 1) Go to the bathroom 2) NEED COFFEE 3) Eat breakfast with the family Once at the office, then check all of the things needed to start the business day.

Anonymous on

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1)Cash balance 2)Dept Head reports 3)Forecast

Melanie on

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still have a company still employed still have a desk

scot swartz on

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Did anybody see me sleeping in my office? Is it time ro go home yet? Where are my shoes?

Bob on

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Stock price and the volume. Where is Jeff Bezos now?

Richard O'Brien on

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I would check the sales, the IT infrastructure to be sure it's running, and my mails..

Stephane on

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Would first have to get my coffee going. Second email message's and daily reading, Third, possibly hold a quick meeting with executive's, manager's, supervisor's etc...

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