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Wayne Gretzky Blog Part 6

YWCA Saskatoon’s Employment and Learning Centre remains closed for in-person programs in light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.  We will continue to provide remote services via email, telephone and social media (Facebook).

We believe it is important to maintain your job search momentum. As such the Employment and Learning Centre will offer you daily job search advice and support that you can complete from home.

Today’s post is another post in the series….

As we noted in previous posts, the great Canadian philosopher and hockey player Wayne Gretzky is quoted as saying:

I skate to where the puck is going to be, not to where it has been.

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

The day I stop learning is the day I stop growing.

Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.

No matter who you are, we’re creatures of habit. The better your habits are, the better they will be in pressure situations.

The highest compliment that you can pay me is to say that I work hard every day, that I never dog it.

The seventh quote from Wayne Gretzky, #99, the Great One, the Great Canadian Philosopher is:

Listen, everything I have in my life is because of the NHL and because of hockey,

This comment by Wayne reflects the way you should think before you begin to answer any number of difficult job interview questions, such as:

  • What do you think of your last employer/manager?

We recognize that you probably did not play in the NHL, you might not even like hockey, but you can learn from #99 here. Our position is that you should never say anything bad about a former employer, just like Wayne.  If you do, the person interviewing you (you will note, I do not say your next employer, because you may have just talked yourself out of a job) will be thinking, if (s)he says this about the last person, what are they going to say about me.  Instead, you might wish to highlight your former manager in a more positive fashion, for example if you think the manager was overly demanding, you may wish to say they set high standards.

  • Why did you leave your last job?

If you left your last job on bad terms or were terminated, this is a tough question. We recommend you develop an answer to this question, which (just like Wayne), speaks about himself and his employer positively.  Your answer might begin by saying something like:

  • There was a company re-organization and my job description changed.
  • We just did not see eye to eye.
  • It was time for a change.
  • I did a career evaluation and realized that the position I am applying for is really where I should be at this point in time.
  • The company was taking a new direction and this offered an opportunity to re-evaluate my own career goals and development.

Again, you do not want to talk yourself out of a job by badmouthing your former employer. Remember If you are dreading a particular question, you can be sure it will come up.  So now is the time to think about and prepare your answers, not in the interview itself.

Your Employment and Learning staff are working remotely through email or over the telephone   Should you have any questions about job interviews, job interview questions, how to prepare or how to answer those difficult questions, feel free to contact any of your Employment and Learning staff for support.  You can reach us at:

Stay motivated; stay healthy as you achieve your employment goals.