JaJuan Johnson answers sheepishly with a soft laugh.
"I've never had a job," Johnson, a Purdue graduate, said Friday inside the Westin's Cotillion Ballroom in Chicago. "Maybe like raking leaves and cutting grass back in the day. But that's it.
"So this is my first job. Hopefully, one of my last."
For so many of the former college players who participated in the NBA Draft Combine this week in Chicago, the event was the first time they've interviewed for a job.
Most of them were so entrenched in the AAU scene in the summers growing up and then consumed with basketball during the school year, that they never worked as a teenager. By the time they got to college, there wasn't time either with the daily demands of weights, practice, training tables, media sessions and classes.
This week, players not only were showcasing their talents on the court in drills, they also spent afternoons and evenings in meetings with potential employers.
Who just happened to be NBA legends like Larry Bird, Joe Dumars and Danny Ainge.
"You definitely could probably get rich if you got all their autographs," Purdue graduate E'Twaun Moore said.
Meetings lasted about 45 minutes and mostly consisted of general questions about each player's background and some basketball talk.
Former Arizona star and likely lottery pick Derrick Williams said he got some weird questions but refused to disclose them, saying they were not fit for recording.
Johnson said the weirdest question he got was about alcohol.
"One guy was like naming all these different types of beers and he was like, 'Which one do you like?' " Johnson said. "I was just like, 'I don't like beer.' "
Most players had so many interviews -- Johnson had 14 -- that they said they were only nervous for the first couple. After that, it was easy, and they realized it's just part of the process.
"It's a long interview from now until draft day, and you just have to be sure you impress at all times," Michigan product Darius Morris said.
Morris said he had an internship last summer at a real estate office but has never had a 9-5 job.
"I did office work and stuff like that. It really motivated me to keep working on my job so I wouldn't have to do that just yet," he said.
Ohio State graduate David Lighty said he's never had a job, and classmate Jon Diebler echoed Johnson's statements about mostly just raking leaves or doing yard work as a kid.
Washington product Isaiah Thomas had the perfect fit for his first job.
"I worked at the YMCA for two years," Thomas said. "My dad and mom, once I turned 15 and a half, they wanted me to get a job. And it was somewhere that had a gym where I was already at. So it was great for me. At breaks, you could go shoot from hoops. But I've always been a working kid."