Tough Interview Questions: Does a Company Need “B” Players? |

EP 1640 People at a manager level and above might be asked this question.

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Welcome to the number one podcast on job search in Apple podcasts. No BS Job Search Advice Radio. I'm your host, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter, and welcome to Episode 1640. Today, and today's show answers one of those tough interview questions, basically, about whether you think a company really could use "B" players. I hope you find this helpful. I hope you give it a great review. And, by the way, if you're interested in one on one coaching with me, that's really what I do most is one on one coaching with people, visit my website, There's a button on the homepage where you can schedule coaching with me or a free discovery call with me. If you want to start with a discovery call, that's fine. We can escalate from there. So with that, let's get going.

Okay. Today I'm going to do one of those tough interview questions that gets asked of leaders in organizations. And the question is, "Does a company need 'B' players?" Hope you find my answer helpful and get it five stars, wherever you watch it, or later on, listen to it. It does help other people discover the show. Give me a thumbs up on Facebook. If you disagree with my answer, feel free to message me or leave a comment. I learn from these things, you know, I'm good at what I do, but I'm not going to be perfect all the time. Okay. And if we're not connected on LinkedIn, send a connection request to me Mention that you saw the video or listen to my podcast. I love hearing from folks who who are benefiting from the work that I do at the hours that I do it. So let's go into answer. Does a company need "B" players?

If you're at a senior manager level, if you're a leader in an organization, start off by saying, "I really try to avoid hiring 'B' players. Why? Because 'A's" always going to perform at a higher level and have greater upside. A's in a lot of organizations really thrive well, and they drive the success of the firm. And there are particular groups for which "B's" are appropriate.

"And if I were hiring someone for . . . who is an A for a group of B's, you know, they're going to go crazy there. And worse than that, they're going to descend to the level of their peers because environments tend to win. That is if you work with a group of "B" performers, you're going to drop down to their level. It's kind of like in sports. Great teams play bad teams, and what happens is on those occasions, where the great team plays the bad team, the great team kind of drops down a couple of notches; they take things for granted. They take it easy on themselves. And, often, those games are closer than they should be because the team coasts. a player's coasts when they work with B's. Players feel comfortable with B's. So

"Would you hire one? It's not my preference, except if you're hiring for a group of B's. And hopefully you don't think of me as a B and want to put me in a B group, because I think of me as an A." So that's the way I would approach this, complete with that little bit of theatre at the end as a way of drawing attention to the fact that you're thinking of me as I see myself as an A.

That flushes out, "No, no, no, no, we don't see you that way. Curious. Curious."

So that's my thoughts on this subject. I hope you found it helpful. If you're interested in my coaching you be for interviews or on some other aspects of your job search or in your career, visit my website, which is Look at the tabs on the top, pick the one that's most relevant as I can help you with interviewing, resume critiques, LinkedIn profile critiques, preparing for an interview, of course, helping you with a salary negotiation, all this stuff between those points in the course of your search. And to be clear, I no longer do recruiting. I'm a coach helping people perform at an elite level.

So hope you found this helpful. I hope you have a great day. Take care.

So, that's today's show. I hope you found this helpful. And if you did, here are a few more ways to get more from me. First of all, at my website, which is I have more than 7000 blog posts there that you can watch, listen to or read that will help you find your next job.

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And I'll be back tomorrow with more. And the meantime, I hope you have a great day. Be great!


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 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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