Tough Interview Questions: Do You Delegate More or Are You More of a Doer? |

What a wonderful trap questions for those of you are at a manager-level, Director level and above.

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I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter, the head coach for JobSearchCoachingHQ. com. And I've got one of those delightful, delightful, tough interview questions designed to have you hang yourself on your interview. It's really a trap question because no matter what you say, you're giving them an excuse unless you pick the third option.

So the question is, "Do you tend to delegate more or are you more of a doer?" As though those are the only two possibilities that could exist.

See, here's the problem. If you say that you're more of a delegator, they tend to think that you're not hands on with with your team, that you're someone who pushes them around, that bosses them around and makes them do all the work and that you're sitting behind the desk shuffling paper. If you say you're more of a doer, their thinking is, "Where is the strategic thinking? Where's the big picture? How does this person going to to wind up inspiring people to do great work if they're in there doing and handling all the tactical stuff." And, thus, how do these people feel as though there's an upside for them? See the problem?

So I want to suggest to you Tthe third way. And the third way is, you know, it really depends on the circumstance. There are times where what I try to do is encourage my team to handle stuff. And I really want to help them step up. But it's important for them to learn. So, yes, I delegate, but I'm always watching and in watching, I'm prepared to step in at any point at any time to drive the bus because, ultimately, we have to deliver on something and do it quickly and I have responsibility for that. Thus, I want them to learn and grow because that's going to create other leaders within the organization, right?"

And you have to use that word "right" to engage them and hook them in and in agreement so that, even if they don't agree, they're going to follow up with a question because they're going to get into conversation with you like how do you decide when you get involved and, thus,you have the kind of give and take that you can handle.

But you can't do the one or the other. You can't fall prey for the trap. And the question you always have to say, "it really depends," and build from there.

So I hope you found this helpful. I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. If you are interested in my coaching you, reach out to me and connect on LinkedIn at Once we're connected, message that you're interested in coaching;; we'll set up a time for a free discovery call.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter | Job CoachJeff 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 1600 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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