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Tell Me About Something You’ve Succeeded At But Hope to Never Do Again | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

763 I discuss several ways to answer this trap question.

Summary

Here's 1 of those fun interview questions. It's a question is designed, not for the specific of the answer, but through the explanation as follows cause you to reveal things about yourself that you probably shouldn't reveal.

Here's the question. "What have you done professionally that you have succeeded at that isn't the experience that you would ever want to repeat?" I love that question.

Here are 3 possible ways to answer.

The 1st way you can answer it is by talking about some menial tasks that you had to do BUT you have to make sure that you don't describe it as being unsatisfying and as though you are above it all. think like a sports team. There are people in baseball who have to sacrifice themselves in order to move a runner over.

You can talk about the time you swept the floor or stuffed envelopes. You understand the importance of the role (a place has to stay clean; envelopes have to go out), you did it well but it's not something that causes your mind to stay active and that's what you prefer. You coped with it; you put best effort into it, but at the end of the day, it's not something that you enjoy doing. That's one way to answer it.

Another way is by talking about something that was team related. You worked on this project with other people and you describe your role. Maybe there were difficult personalities on the project. Maybe there are people who just couldn't see eye to eye with one another and a lot of the team was bumping heads with one another. You try to be a mediator at times and work to get collaboration,, but there are some personalities there who just didn't want to collaborate. They just want to rule. Talk about your efforts. "We got the thing going, you contributed to making it effective. Some people were ostracized on the project. It was a tough experience.. Eventually, almost all of you pulled together And eventually brought it home."

The 3rd way to answer it is by talking about something that you did that was REALLY HARD. then you have to talk about what made it hard. Maybe it was because it was poorly planned. Maybe was badly executed. Whatever it was. Don't talk about the blame. Talk about the difficulty in delivering what everyone had committed to do. Maybe it was the planning (you weren't involved with that). At the end of the day, you did your part, and others that there's. Some people didn't do it. Eventually it came through. It wasn't necessarily on time… You get the idea. The idea is to talk about something extremely hard, probably from a planning standpoint being the failure or difficulty... That is the easiest case to talk about. work from there to describe what made it so hard.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching.

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