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Are You A Leader or a Follower? | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

Ep 618 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter tells you how to answer this question no matter which you really are. 



Today, I want to talk with you about 1 of those tough interview that really isn't that of… If you prepare. The question is, "So, are you a leader or a follower?"

I know you're tempted to you immediately say, "Well, I'm a leader! I like to lead," can act like a puppy in that regard. The 1st thing you have to do is remember what the job is all about that you are interviewing for. What did they want to hear from you?

You can speak about being a leader, but then you then have to be prepared for the follow-up they are going to ask you. You then have to be prepared for the follow-up question which is, "To me by the time were you letting your work." You have to be prepared to talk about the situation and paint it broadly and clearly. So you might talk about about the project that you had, or how in the office, you may not have the manager's title, but you're the go to individual for all people who work in your kind of work in the company. You are the resource that everyone goes to, not because you have the job title, but because people see you as a leader.

However, if you are a follower, you can take that in lots of different directions. For example, you can be interviewing for a staff job where you have no leadership responsibility. Yet you can talk in terms of, for example, "Being a follower has a connotation to it. Followers basically take orders. They take direction from people. I do that in the course of my work. However, at the same time, in situations where I work with others, I function as a leader for them.."

See what I'm doing here? I'm basically saying I can follow orders, but I can also work with my colleagues and be motivational and inspirational to them. I can also make suggestions to my management about the way things can be done a little bit differently. I understand that is ultimately their decision but, at the end of the day, I am a follower, but within the context, I am the leader of followers.

0 I'm going to get that? You don't want to come across is just being a clerk. I'm using clerk as a metaphor for a person who sits at the desk unthinkingly (I remember doing this is a high school kid in 1 of my early jobs un-stapling , separating them, and then collating them in different orders… Man! That was a terrible job but has a high school kid, you do whatever you can, especially if it will keep you indoors).

You can be a follower, but modifier answer in such a way that you let them know that you are the leader among the people who take direction.


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Tough Interview Questions: Are You A Leader or a Follower?


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter tells you how to answer this question no matter which you really are.


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