Ep 654 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers two ways to answer this tough job interview question.
Today, I'm going to give you 1 of those tough interview questions that organizations love to ask. It isn't that anything is tricky; everything though has an impact on how they look at you,, how they see you, and how they think about you going forward.
This question, I really enjoy: "Tell me about the most boring job you've ever had." OoooooooooooooH!!!
If your established professional, it's unlikely that anyone will ask you this question. It tends to be geared toward less experienced people; after all, the interviewer doesn't have a lot of benchmarks for figuring out whether to hire someone so they look for ways that you will disqualify yourself.
There are 2 ways of approaching this question. What most people actually do is talk about a job. If you do that, you talk about something when you are much younger. For example, in my case, I would talk about something where I was in high school and worked as a messenger. I would talk about how boring it is to arrive at someone's offices to pick up an envelope and bring it somewhere else.
The issue with giving an answer about the actual most boring job is that firms start to think of you in the context of being "the messenger guy" Or some other demeaning way of thinking of you. As a result, it is really desirable way of answering the question. However, if you're not comfortable using this next approach,, always talk about something when you were much younger.
The 2nd way of answering this question is very slick and very smart and really allows you to sell yourself In unique ways. Thus, when you are asked about the most boring job you never had, you respond by saying, "Huh." Then you start looking like your thinking about your answer because you have to remember that interviewing is a certain amount of theater and acting associate with it. You never want to seem like you so rehearsed that you have all these answers at the tip of his fingertips; you always want to make it seem like you're thinking about things as though it is the 1st time you've heard this brilliant question..
You pause for a second and say, "Huh. When I think about it. I don't think I've been boarded job that I've ever had. Maybe it goes back to the philosophy that I have this kind of like being an actor where there are no small parts. Every job has relevance and meaning to it that I figure out.. Even some positions that others might consider a menial job, I always found purpose and drive and determination to it."Then you give an example of a job that you had that might seem to this person much less than where you are now And how you worked hard and were diligent and putting effort and yielded a great performance, became an example for the team, yada yada yada
Always try to make lemonade out of the lemon is the philosophy here. Always talk about how you did not fall prey to the prevailing wisdom of this being a dull boring job. Instead, what you did, was putting your best effort because every job has a purpose to it. You are hired. You are paid. They want your best effort and that is what you give them.
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.
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