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I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I coach people and organizations to be more effective. That translates into career coaching, leadership coaching and other types of related situations where I help individuals and organizations perform better.
Here, I want to provide you with answers to one of those tough interview questions and this one, it can really be asked of a person at any level in the organization. But, you know, I'll just simply say it will tend to be asked of someone middle to senior management, rather than in leadership roles. And the question is, "How would you describe your relationship, your best relationships at work?"
And it will often be followed up with, "How would you describe your worst ones?" You know, it's kind of like a version of something about your strengths and your weaknesses in that it's always going to come back to the second one. Here's the way to deal with the positive one, your best relationships description and say, "You know, I have very good relationships with everyone I work with. But you asked about my best relationships and those are special. My best relationships have come out of working together with people in very challenging, very demanding situations. For example, and now you go into a story using the model of situation-objective-action-result. And, in this particular case, the result really is not about the numbers. The result is "we worked hard. We all had one on other's backs. We cooperate with one another. We slept on . . . " you know, whatever the story is, "we slept in the office," or "we did a whole bunch of stuff and we got to the other side with a thrilled organization (department, business unit) whomever who praised the heck out of us so we could look at one another and say we gave it our all. Those are the best relationships.
Here's the ones that are problematic, the worst relationships. "You know, I'm someone who gives a lot of effort and it's frustrating for me, it's difficult for me to deal with people who don't. Who don't understand the impact of their work (or lack thereof) and don't put in the same effort or don't create a quality effort. I don't demand of others more than I give myself. And I don't expect them to get as much. I want as much. I push for as much, but often, I'm frustrated by mediocrity. And I'll talk with someone who will explain to them the impact of their lack of performance, their need for more knowledge, whatever it is. But The issue comes down to, I try to check to see if there's something going on at home, in order to see if that's the variable that's causing them not to perform. When it isn't, then I started looking at the business side of this and trying to talk to them about what they're not doing, what they're doing that's causing problems to others."
"And if I can't get them to solve it, I've got a problem with them. And I consider those my worst relationships are the ones that no matter what effort I'm making, take a corrective behavior. I'm not getting results, nor the ability to replace the individual on my team."
Notice where I'm coming from? All business throughout.
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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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