Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers an answer to the question about the teacher you really connected with.

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Hi! I'm Jeff Altman, The Big game Hunter. I'm referred to as The Big Game Hunter
because I've been hunting down leaders and staff for organizations from more than
40 years. I want to talk with you today is a recent grad or someone who's
entering the workforce and offer one of those tough interview questions that
you're going to be asked on your interviews. And today's question is could
you describe a teacher that you've really connected to what was it about
them that you're really connected with?. Now, it may not be that language but
it's words to that effect. They're asking you about a teacher that inspired you,
motivated you, pushed you and what they're looking before isn't the name of
that teacher (although it's a cool thing to say their name). What they're looking
for is that you can be motivated because they're thinking about a mentor. What
they're looking for is . . . I'll give you a sample answer. "You know there was so and
so who was a professor of mine that I had act (fill in the blank name of the school).
What she did was really inspire us to be better than we were and through that
inspiration, created a lot of the excitement in me in this subject, in this
career." That's one possible example.. Another one might be, "I remember this
teacher I had (fill in the blank name). What he did was really push us hard, drive us
to excel, challenge us all the time.", You notice different types of answers can be
done and, from that, they can look at selecting a mentor for you. Part of the
reason they ask this is to see if you have the emotional intelligence
to be part of the team. I get that once you're on board, they
have no interest in emotional intelligence but play the game, okay? This
is ostensibly what they're trying to find out about you, what the motivation
is for you,, how to motivate you who to connect you with and whether you can be
reflective. The subtlety here is it's a distraction
because, often, the next question is going be one of those tough difficult grinding
kind of questions that that will really blow your mind. So, recognize its a
deflection. You still have to answer it sincerely and then, from there, be
prepared for some tough follow-up questions that have nothing to do with this. I'm
Jeff Altman. Hope you found this helpful.. Come over to
Go exploring because there's a lot there that you can watch, listen to, or read to
help you find work more quickly. There are pages up there that
point to different articles I've written or videos or podcasts. If you don't see
what you're looking for, check the blog area. I'm moving the content over there. And
if we're not already connected on. LinkedIn, send a connection request at sorry, connect with me on LinkedIn, I've got a huge network I'm happy to provide
in my introductions for you but you need to connect with me first. I'm Jeff Altman
Hope you have a great day


JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter
JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1900 episodes, and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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