Alan thought for a moment before answering the interviewer’s question. “My greatest strength? It’s my willingness to go above and beyond. To take those extra steps. To walk that extra mile.”
“Can you elaborate?” The interviewer asked.
“To go where none has gone before,” Alan said. “To rush in where others fear to tread. To explore options others haven’t considered. To seek innovative solutions. To fulfill even more promises than I’ve made.”
“I see,” said the interviewer. “Can you give me a specific example of where you went above and beyond?”
“Of course,” Alan said. “Our team was in a brainstorming session. Everyone was throwing out ideas and I tossed out a fantastic suggestion. One person said, ‘don’t go there,’ but I went there anyway.”
“And how did that work out?
“My idea was a great, innovative, revolutionary idea,” Alan boasted. “But you know how it is, right? Things get bogged down in the corporate hierarchy and the best ideas often end up languishing on the drawing board.”
“What did you take away from that experience?”
“‘Never say die,’ I always say,” Alan responded. “There’s no such things as coulda, shoulda, or woulda. Adversity brings out the best in me. My motto is to always keep swinging. The important thing is to dare to dream big, then take action to make it come true. You know, you either step up the stairs or stare at the steps.”
“I see.” The interviewer closed the folder on his desk. “Thank you for coming in, Alan. I have a number of other candidates to see. If we ever need a director of clichés and empty platitudes, though, you’ll be the first person I’ll call.”
Written for today’s one-word prompt, “above.”