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  • Writer's picturegarrison gibbons

Tips for Interviewers: Reframing the Career Journey Gotcha Question

Instead of asking a candidate why they moved from one company to the next, I like to frame it a bit differently.

I ask candidates to tell me what they were looking for in each new opportunity, what they were able to / proud to accomplish during their time there, and last but not least, what they wish they would have been able to accomplish at that organization but weren't able to and why.

This different framing doesn't come across as a "gotcha question" with a "right" or "wrong" answer, but instead allows the candidate to showcase their motivations, accomplishments, and opportunities for improvement.

How do you frame this popular question and encourage candidates to transparently discuss their career journey, accomplishments, and areas for improvement in different ways than the norm?

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