Tough Interview Questions: Are You Considered a Mentor?

Tough Interview Questions: Are You Considered a Mentor?

I found this question interesting because, frankly, I think most of you would fall into the trap of the incomplete answer. The incomplete answer is to say yes and talk about how you mentor people in the organization. That’s only part of the answer that you need to give. The other part of the answer is, “I’m also considered a good manager in that I’ll drive hard to be effective.. I’m also considered a good leader in that I can inspire people to go beyond their self-imposed limitations and learn and grow. Mentoring is only one of the dimensions that I bring into this role.

Leadership and management are other parts of it. If I only took on the mentor role, well, I probably won’t get things done and I’m focused on one person. That person is important to me but so is getting things done and developing my team overall.”

See where I’m going with this? It has to be a more in-depth question for your answer to work.


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when I join your firm.”

Isn’t that a great answer? That’s because what you’re doing is acknowledging the effort that went into the job how you got recognized afterward, you delivered, and that you learned something from the experience.

Emotional intelligence is one of those things that firms like to see. They like to see that people aren’t going to cop an attitude, quit their jobs, tell them to go get someone else, stuff along those lines. They’re looking for maturity from you and working your way through a situation like this. They understand that it may be a struggle and that your perseverance and success is a great example of maturity.


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