We’re back with part 3 of our interview questions series! This time we are going to discuss how to answer the dreaded question: What did you like least about your last job?
Your honest answer might be something like: “Well, they expected me to be there at 8 a.m. which is absolutely ridiculous considering I’m not a morning person – not to mention that breakfast wasn’t brought in until 9:30 a.m. so there was no point in me being there! Also, my boss and I were constantly butting heads and my team members were so annoying. So, I decided to leave.”
As much as this might be true, interviews aren’t therapy sessions. They aren’t a place for you to complain and work out your issues. (We’ve said this before and we’ll say it again!)
So, if the real problem is that your last job wasn’t flexible with your work schedule then it would be better to mention that, for you, flexibility in the work place allows you to work creatively and efficiently. Of course, if the job you are interviewing for has set hours, you need to decide whether or not that schedule will work for you beforehand. Don’t interview for a position you won’t be happy at right off the bat. If you do, you’ll be right back on the job search faster than you can say “morning donuts”.
If you’re problem was that your boss and your team mates were not a good fit for you then there is a better way to phrase that information. For example, you could say that you are looking for an environment that is more challenging working with other people whom you can bounce new and innovative ideas off of. Or explain that you work better outside of a team – whatever works for you. It’s better to be honest upfront than to be disappointed later.
However, the best answer you can possibly give here is an example of something you liked least about your last job that you improved upon while you were there.
Maybe you noticed that the team environment was lacking special something, so you pitched biweekly team outings which resulted in greater team involvement, innovation and efficiency.
Maybe you felt that your job as a programmer was difficult because the design team was inefficient in reporting design revisions so you redesigned the revision process to speed things up.
It’s always a good rule to turn interview questions into opportunities to talk about your strengths.
Positivity is always your best bet!
So, tell the hiring manager how you want to work on more projects that push your current knowledge. Tell them you want to be challenged. Tell them you want to innovate and destroy!
Good luck on your next interview! We’re sure you’re going to nail it.
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