September 9, 2018 at 7:02 am #2505JeffAltmanCoachKeymaster
Today, I want to talk with you about one of those annoying interview questions that show up from time to time. It goes something like this. Ready? I’m going to get very serious now.
“So, how many hours a week does it take you to do your job?” The question is rarely asked of people at a professional level, but, if it does, the same answer will apply. It tends to be asked of people who are in administrative and support roles to get an idea of whether you or motivated or whether you are a 9-5er.
So, the correct way to answer the question, I believe, is to say something along the lines of, “You know, no one has really asked that before. I do what’s necessary to get the job done. I do it efficiently and directly and, frankly, quite well. If you check my references, you will find that I just do what’s necessary to get a job done. If it happens to be done by some miracle between nine and five, great. If it has to take longer than that, that’s what I do to get the job done. That up to me. So, I don’t think you really have anything to worry about with me. If you can check my references, I’m sure they’ll substantiate what I’ve said.”
It’s really that simple but you have to deliver the message in ways that are casual and blasé in and don’t sound like you are intense. Let me give you a comparison for second.
If you answer nervously like, “Well, umm, really, hmm. Like last week . . . “ And you kind of work through the mathematics of it . . . Not smooth. But, instead, if what you do is very calmly say, “it’s really nothing you need about…” That’s really the fundamental of your answer, your manner, the way that it communicates the message even more than the words, because it demonstrates a congruence with the idea that they really don’t have to worry.
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