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Job Interview Tips-What do you like least?

Posted 18th November 2019 • Written by People First •

Job Interview Tips-

What Interviewers Want To Hear When They Ask You “What do you like least about your job?”

Interviewers ask lots of questions about how you do certain tasks at work and how you’ve dealt with different problems, what you’ve achieved, etc., and you can prepare before the interview by thinking of examples from your career, but the question “What do you like least about your job?” can catch you out!

 

Here’s what you need to be careful about:

You might be looking for a new job because you’re not happy in your current one and if someone asks you why, you might think “Great, an opportunity to complain about my boss and colleagues for 30 minutes!”

 

But, as with all questions, think before you speak.

It’s very easy to start complaining and being critical and, ten minutes later, find that you’re complaining and being critical about everything and everyone.

If you complain about your current company/boss, you won’t get the next job.

The interviewer doesn’t want be your psychiatrist and listen to the kind of things you normally only say to your friends.

Careful not to talk about personality clashes with colleagues, because the interviewer might think it’s you that has the problem!

If you speak negatively about your company, boss and colleagues, it will only reflect negatively on you.

 

Instead, find other ways to answer:

You could say that the job your applying for doesn’t allow you to use and demonstrate all the skills you developed during your studies, or that you used in your last job, or that your current workplace and your job have changed so you can’t continue doing things you used to and enjoyed.

Or describe how a certain part of your job is no longer challenging and you want to do more of it and develop further.

 

Most importantly, as with the question “What are your weaknesses?” turn a negative into a positive:

Tell them that you’ve learned a lot in your current job, but now want to move to a larger organisation; or, if it’s a smaller one tell them you want to be able to focus more and not do a job that’s too general.

Tell them that you’ve enjoyed working in a support role but are now ready to take the lead and have more responsibility.

If you do want to criticise your current company then you could say that their methods are outdated and you want to work in a more modern and forward thinking company. Or your current one is unprofessional and you want to go somewhere more professional and ethical.

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