But that doesn’t mean you should wing it.

During an interview for a front-end manager role at Apple, somebody asked Collab Lab co-founder Andrew Hedges to share how he’d handled a challenging situation at a former job. Hedges gave what he thought was a good answer.

“I thought I’d handled it pretty well. I was trying to present it all positively. But the person interviewing me said, ‘Okay, so you didn’t really deal with it directly,’” Hedges said.

“I was like, ‘Oh, I guess you’re right.’”

Hedges got the job (and went on to hire 14 Apple developers himself). But that interview moment highlights what makes so-called behavioral interview questions so hard: There’s no obvious right answer.

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