Tough Interview Questions: Do You Take Work Home with You?

Do you take work home with you?

This question is designed to exert a certain amount of pressure on you.  When most people answer the question, they drone on and on and they give this lengthy answer.  They give examples.  They talk about stuff.  They bore the other person when a simple, concise answer would work much better than a lengthy one.

Here is a simple, concise answer.  

“I want you to use you know I understand the importance of deadlines and deliverables and, him the fact of the matter is, there are times when you have to take work home with you to meet those deadlines.  So, yes, of course, I do that.  But in terms of a steady requirement, most of my work hasn’t required this as a steady thing.  Do I do it as needed?  Absolutely.”  

So, I see this is the easiest way to do it – – short, simple, to the point.  Don’t go into long stories.  Don’t tell about this time in “04 when you took work home with you and how it rescued everyone.  

Just give me a straight, no BS answer that says, “Sure, I understand that there are times when deadlines are tight and you take work home with you . . . and make sure you tell them you have not had a steady requirement to do so but that, as needed? Absolutely!

Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2020



Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterJeff 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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