How to answer THIS tricky job interview question

how to answer this tricky job interview question

What do you do?

If you’ve had abbreviated tenure at in your last several roles, you may be asked ๐Ÿ‘‡this tricky job interview question in an interview:
๐‚๐š๐ง ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฅ๐ค ๐ฆ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ก ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฅ๐š๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ?

Smile. ๐Ÿ˜€
It’s your lucky day! ๐Ÿ€
Because this tricky job interview question is a golden opportunity! ๐ŸŒŸ

๐šƒ๐š‘๐šŽ ๐š๐š’๐š›๐šœ๐š ๐š๐š‘๐š’๐š—๐š ๐š๐š˜ ๐šž๐š—๐š๐šŽ๐š›๐šœ๐š๐šŠ๐š—๐š ๐š’๐šœ ๐š’๐š—๐š๐šŽ๐š—๐š.

It’s a good question to be asked.
๐Ÿ‘It really is.

The purpose is to get a better idea of your working skills and how you might apply those to ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ณ position.

The interviewer likely isnโ€™t insinuating anything with this question because, frankly, most employers donโ€™t actually care why you left other jobs.

Because theyโ€™re not interviewing you for a job you ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ to have.

๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜†’๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ the job you want. ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ฟ ๐—ท๐—ผ๐—ฏ.

๐™ฐ๐š—๐š ๐š๐š‘๐šŽ ๐š ๐šŠ๐šข ๐š๐š˜ ๐š‘๐šŠ๐š—๐š๐š•๐šŽ ๐š’๐š – ๐š’๐šœ ๐š ๐š’๐š๐š‘ ๐š๐š˜๐šŒ๐šž๐šœ

Anytime you get asked to โ€˜walk me throughโ€™ your last jobs, focus on ONE thing and ONE thing only – what you did/produced/learned/valued most at X job ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ Y position you’re interviewing for.

๐Ÿ‘‰Again – they’re interviewing you for their role, not for one you left.

Anything they ask is designed to get information relevant to ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ณ role and how you will bring value to it.

And, don’t worry about being tagged a job hopper.๐Ÿธ

There was a time when that was a bad thing.
I call them โ€˜the before timesโ€™ or, simply, โ€˜the olden daysโ€™.

Average employment tenure now hovers somewhere between 2-4 years, depending on age, industry and other factors.

And, honestly, most employers don’t care about that.
The ones that do clearly value some sort of undeserved and unreciprocated loyalty more than the tangible value the employee brings to the role.

So donโ€™t sweat this tricky job interview question.

Itโ€™s just a fact-gathering tool.

Focus on what you did/produced/learned/valued most and that provided a pathway to give value back to the organization – and talk about how you can leverage ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ด for the benefit of your new (๐Ÿคžfingers crossed for you) employer.

๐Ÿ‘‹I’m Gretchen

๐Ÿ‘‰I am a career and personal development strategist on a mission to teach you to find what you love without losing yourself in the process.
๐ŸŽฏI create sane strategies that produce serious results.

๐Ÿ“ฐ If you thought this post was interesting, you definitely need to sign up for my newsletter – where I give my subscribers exclusive insights, actionable advice and tips to take advantage of select opportunities.



Here are the ways to work with me at Career Insights:


๐Ÿ”ฅSign up for 1:1 Private Career Consulting (6 Week):
๐Ÿ”ฅCheck out my Signature IA Coaching Program (12 Week):
๐Ÿ”ฅFor Public Speaking, Group Coaching, Team Development and all other queries:



Connect with me on Social Media:






Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

error: Please do not swipe my original content
Scroll to Top