Tough Interview Questions: Why Have You Stayed for So Long? |

For those of you who cared about your job so much or who have a belief that you should be loyal to your employer, this is the classic question to put the bee in your bonnet that your loyalty was stupid.

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I'm Jeff Hopp in the day game hunter I'm a career in leadership coach the head
coach for Because of my work in search,
I filled more than 1,200 full time positions plus consulting assignments
I've helped people all over the world land new positions hosted in the number
one podcast an apple podcast for job search called No BS Job Search Advice
radio 1,500 plus episodes as of the time of this recording it's been on the air
since November 2010 I also have with YouTube videos galore.
visit the YouTube channel it's organized by playlist it's easy to get around now
the question for today is why have you stayed for so long and this is geared
toward the individual who's spent a lot of time with one organization. Some people
may view three years as a long time.. Some people say firms for thirteen or
thirty years before they decide to move on now if you're in the 13 the three
year range I think the simplest way they answer it is to say something along the
lines of, "you know, the issue isn't about the longevity. It's whether I'm learning
and growing and contributing and that's really what I've had for this
organization I've had opportunities to learn new things like for example and
then you talk about how, when you started, you were learning such-and-such and then
you progressed a couple of different levels and you know you started learning
something completely different. Growing. how the firm advanced to you. How you've
been able to contribute to the organization on significant endeavors if
it's 30 years it's harder because somewhere along the line he probably had
the bug but didn't act on it and you toughed it out and now 30 years later
it's a different boat so if you're talking about thirty years you can say
"yeah I probably made a mistake staying as long as I did but I valued loyalty,
whether they did or not they seemed to treat me well and my goal here was the
join and organization I could be committed to, just like I was for my last
run and make a significant contribution just like I did for many years from my
other firm as well so as you answer the question the idea is not to deflect it
but to really speak to how you grew within the organization and advanced but
for the very long term individual the 30 year person it's acknowledging yeah I
probably stayed too long but I valued loyalty and felt appreciated so I hope
you found this helpful. I'm Jeff Altman.. Visit my website, as well,
I've got thousands of posts their. I have now over seven
thousand that you can watch listen to a read that will help you find work more
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work force whole bunch of things that will help you I also want to mention if
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hope you have a great day and take care


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff 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 1700 episodes and “The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was named a Top 10 podcast for job search. is also a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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