In this video, I discuss several ways to answer this trap question.

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

Here's the question, "What if you done professionally that you succeeded at but isn't an experience you would ever want to repeat." I love that question!

Here are 3 possible ways to answer. The 1st way to answer it is by talking about by talking about a menial task you had to do BUT you have to make sure that you don't describe it as being unsatisfying and as though you are up above it all.. Think like a sports team.. There are people in baseball who have to sacrifice themselves to move a runner over. Well, you can talk about that time you swept the floor or stuffed envelopes,, and you understand the importance of the role. The places to stay clean. Envelopes have to go out. You did it well but it's not something that really causes your mind to stay active. You coped with it. You put best effort into it, but, at the end of the day, it's not something you enjoy doing. That's one way to answer.

Another way is by talking about something that was team related.. You worked on this project with other people and then you describe your role on the team. Maybe there were difficult personalities on it. Maybe there are people with whom you just couldn't see eye to eye that a lot of the team was bumping heads with. You tried to be a mediator at times and work on getting collaboration but there was some personalities there who just didn't want to collaborate. They just wanted to rule. Then, you talk about your efforts. "We got the thing going. We made it effective. Some people got ostracized on the project. It was a tough experience but you all pull together… Almost all of you pull together and bring it home.

The 3rd way to answer this… You did something that was really hard. Then talk about what made it hard. Maybe it's because it was poorly planned. Maybe it was badly executed. Whatever it was. Don't talk about the blame. Talk about the difficulty in delivering what it was that everyone had committed to do… Maybe it was the planning and you weren't involved with that. But, at the end of the day, you did your part,, others that theirs, other people didn't do anything. It eventually came through. .. You get the idea. Talk about something that was extremely hard, probably from a planning standpoint being the failure is probably the easiest case to work with. Then work from there in describing what made it so hard.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1400 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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