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This is No BS Job Search Advice Radio, Episode 1675. I'm your host, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter, and welcome to Saturday in the park. Well, I'll stop singing right away. Anyway, today's show answers is one of those tough interview questions. It's really a signal for what's going on in your interviews that you need to pay attention to. I hope you find this helpful and give it a great review. And it's Saturday. So let's just get going.

Tough interview question. It's particularly tough because they're signaling something to you. The question is, "what will you do if you don't get this job?"

Now, I don't know whether it's guilt on their part, because they're looking at an older worker, and they're afraid of you being suicidal, because you really putting in all sorts of effort, but they've probably found someone else. And that's the reality behind this question. There is something being revealed in it that suggests, "okay, you really put in your best. It wasn't good enough and what do you do now?"

You have to you have a couple of different ways to play it. I was going to say two but I think they may actually be more. The first one is to answer it straight on. The classic suggestion of an answer this question (This one comes out of a book called 301 Smart Answers to Top Interview Questions) it's, frankly, where I got this question from. I always look for more tough interview questions. When I saw this one, I just was revolted. But, what they suggest is, "I tend to think positively rather than negatively. So honestly, I can't imagine what I will do if I don't end up getting this job because I've dreamt about working here for years. So, let's talk more about why I feel I'm the perfect candidate," then hit them with your best sound bite this is why you were born to do this job. What a load of crap.

I think you're best off just simply saying to them "before I answer, can I just ask you if you're telling me something with this question?" I think that's a far more positive approach. So, this way, you can have an honest conversation with them.

So, if they say no, "I'm just curious, what would you do?" And then from there, what you do is switch over to the tact of talking about why you really think you're well qualified for the role.

EP 1675 There is a message in this question that shouldn’t be ignored.


JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter
JeffAltman, 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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