Are you lucky? Save it for the interview.

A colleague recently told me that she had heard that the latest, trendiest interview question is this:  Are you lucky?

Yes? No?Maybe?

I actually love this question, because it gives you the opportunity to reveal your gifted self.

Sample answers:


I’ve been lucky enough to work with some great people, and together we have accomplished a lot.  For instance…

I was raised in a family that valued education.  Books were the main source of entertainment, and …

The most recent luck was when a neighbor, who knew I was jobhunting, mentioned this opening.


I don’t really believe in luck.  I believe in hard work, learning by doing, including making mistakes.  I am a good communicator, and I am committed to seeking help when I need it.

I’m not sure what you mean by luck.  I think we create that thing called luck by putting ourselves in a position to take advantage of opportunities.  But no, Lady Luck has not come calling recently.


By luck, do you mean coincidence?  I’ve had plenty of that, often through being in a place where like-minded people can be found.  At the college job fair, I struck up a conversation with….

I was chatting with a friend, who said she liked something I had written and would like to help promote it.  Was that luck?  Well, it wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t sent her the copy.

What about you – are you lucky?  And are you ready to answer that question in an interview?

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