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Mar 02, 2019 14:31:12

Generic Question -> Generic Response

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Julia Saxena

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A few years ago, after graduating, I started a new job at a large company. Alumni usually get approached by current students to share their work experience and get a foot in the door. I was approached too. 

A student messaged me on LinkedIn asking how it is to work for company XYZ. I replied that it's pretty cool. He somewhat sarcastically replied that he hoped to someday also land a job at such a cool company (at least I thought it was sarcastic). The conversation basically ended there. 

I'm always happy to share my experience but I thought, dude, you asked me a super generic question. You'll get a generic response. What did he expect me to say? How was I supposed to know what he was really after?

It's true. Generic questions will invite generic responses. Specific questions will get you a specific response. 

Now, I try to keep this in mind whenever I approach somebody to pick their brain about something. Successful people get bombarded with generic questions every day, and they have their generic responses already rehearsed. I can imagine they would love to meet someone who actually has a specific question that challenges them a little. 


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    @juliasaxena I like to ask pointed questions, especially of high-ranking people with a lot of power and responsibility. It's fun to watch them figure out how to answer a question they were not expecting.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Mar 02, 2019 10:02:14
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      @brandonwilson I'm still learning how to ask the right questions though. That's something for another post.

      Julia Saxena avatar Julia Saxena | Mar 03, 2019 12:12:00
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      @juliasaxena @brandonwilson I can relate this. We had a team meeting and I noticed participants were making statements instead of asking questions.

      Arvind Sri avatar Arvind Sri | Mar 17, 2019 13:57:04
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    @juliasaxena I liked your post on generic question gets generic response.

    Arvind Sri avatar Arvind Sri | Mar 02, 2019 15:31:49
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      @arvindsri Thanks :)

      Julia Saxena avatar Julia Saxena | Mar 03, 2019 12:11:28
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