Steps to Prepare for Your Job Search – Part 4

Every job interview experience is different, but they all revolve around one advanced concept that we explain in part 4 of our job search series (here’s part 1, part 2part 3 and part 5). Enjoy!

Steps to prepare for your job search - do these before you send out resumes! #part4 Click To Tweet

Video Transcript for “Steps to Prepare for Your Job Search – Part 4”

Brian Clapp, Director of Content: Before you start your job search, there are some things you should do to get yourself prepared and in order and mentally focused. This is part 4 of our 5 part job search preparation series (here’s part 1, part 2part 3 and part 5), and it deals with preparing mentally for “The Question”.

the question for your job search

The Question we’re talking about isn’t a comic book hero…but he has the right idea

I read an article recently written by an executive recruiter named Lou Alder, he’s been a recruiter for 30 plus years. He claims he spent the last 10 years trying to figure out the perfect question that everyone should prepare for in their job search.

I have to say…it’s really good.

The question that he believes will or should come out in a job interview is, “What is the singular task or project that is the greatest accomplishment of your professional career to date.”

Now think about that, how would you answer it?

Prepare for this question and you are preparing for so much. Namely, being able to encapsulate what you have done and what you have accomplished in your career, why it was important, how it influenced things at your previous company and much more.

These are all the things that are going to sell you to a new employer.

If you can’t answer that question, if you can’t articulate what you have done to create change at a previous business then you are going to fall flat in the job interview process.

You have to know what you have accomplished, because no one else will. No one else will tell your story for you, that is for you to know and for you to share. So before you get into the job search process, before you go on a job interview, make sure you can articulate your greatest accomplishment in the workforce and how it influenced and impacted a business you worked at.

Even if someone doesn’t ask you that exact question, they are going to ask you something like be prepared!

About Brian Clapp

Brian Clapp has worked in the broadcast media for over 14 years as a writer, editor, producer & news director. After beginning his career in Atlanta at CNN/Sports Illustrated, he switched coasts to Seattle to work at Fox Sports Northwest. In 2010, Brian began pursuing a new found passion on the digital media side, launching a successful website and then taking on the role of Director of Content for &

Recently Brian has become addicted to Google+ and LinkedIn so add him to your circles and make him a contact. No seriously, you should.


  1. Laurann Bartlett says:

    Your videos are very helpful. I’m preparing for any interview now and your advice will help me present myself as a good candidate. Thanks so much.

    Best regard,

  2. Tony Di Nino says:

    I would also expect and be prepared for the flip side to that question: “What is the singular task or project that is the worst experience of your professional career to date.”

    We’ve all had failures of one type or another. Being able to explain what went wrong, what was learned, and why it won’t happen again shows insight, growth, and resilience.

    Meanwhile, thanks for the series. I have learned from each video. Excellent content and delivery.

    • Thanks Tony – completely agree on your point, being able to handle your failures and explain them is powerful stuff. Don’t blame others, take ownership explain your process and how you have since adjusted your approach…you will gain respect! – Brian


  1. […] job search can be easier. That is the premise of this 5-part video series (see part 1 , part 3, part 4 and part 5), exploring five things you need to do before you start your job search in […]