First of all, I share the traditional answer to this question which, frankly, I think is all wrong. From there I tell you how to was spun do it in a way that shows them that you’re not a pushover.

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I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. Here's the question for today. What would you do to help improve workplace culture? That's the interview question I'm going to address.

Now. I know the correct answer is about meeting with HR to work with them to implement some new procedure, create a training program for the employees that aligns with the firm's goals, mission statement and values.

Bull! What a crap answer that is. The better way to approach this, frankly, is to flip the question on them and simply ask them, "What kind of issues do you have? Tell me, what's the culture like here? What am I walking into?" Open up this as a conversation? Who are the strong people here? Are they fighting upstream or are they, the lead dogs hereand being treated that way? What are the problems in the culture?" And open that up for conversation?

If they flip it back to you, "Uhhh. We've got no problems here!" "Why did you ask the question? What's the point of the question? I'm not trying to be argumentative here, of course. I'm just trying to know what it is I would be addressing so I can answer your question." That more than anything, shows you as a leader, because your job is to give them the results that they want. There's information here that they're holding back from you. How can you really do it? How can you give them a worthwhile answer if they're not going to be forthcoming?

So again, I'm turning it back on them to tell you more so this way you can answer their question and not hypothesize about some generality. If they ask you, what have you done previously? Of course, you can talk about that. But their specific case where they said, "What can you do to improve their workplace culture?" You can't answer without their cooperation.

Hope you found that helpful. I'm Jeff Altman. My website is Go to the site and go exploring. There's a lot there to help you. If you're not ready to take advantage of the resource now, put that address inyour phone book, or your phone, I should say so this way, at a time where you need me, you can circle back. I'd love to help you.

You can schedule a free discovery call at the website, visit the blog, I've got 1000s of posts there. You can schedule time for coaching. I'd love to help. Have a great day, and most importantly, be great! Take care.


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, 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 2000 episodes.

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