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EP 826 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains the intent behind this question and how to answer it.
Today's tough interview is it really a tough one but you have to understand how not to hurt yourself in the interview and how to really address this well.. The question is, "Tell me about a crappy job you have."
This question should not be answered by reflecting on a job that you had when you are an adult. The best way to answer this is by talking about something that you had as a teen, something that you didn't really care for and the lessons that you learned from that job. For example, if you went back to that time when you were a teen boy and spoke about working construction or were an assistant on a UPS truck. Or, in my case, a job that I had at the New York City Department of Finance as an intern, moving boxes all day. You may talk about that time at the nail salon where you are dealing with all the chemicals... whatever it is, the simplest way to address the lessons learned is in appreciation for the value of education and appreciation for the circumstances that you have.
After all, there are people who do the kind of work day in and day out. It is a self reflective type of answer, rather than spending a lot of time talking about how awful it was there. If you go down that path, all that does is make yourself into a complainer or a whiner. That is not the goal here.
The goal is to quickly describe the situation that you found yourself in here and that you basically learn that there are people who have it worse than human life. You may talk about volunteering in a third world country. Maybe you did with missionary work there; you love the helping but you had a chance to look around at how hard life is.
Whatever it is, just think in terms of being self reflective as you answer the question.
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