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Common Interview Questions - What Do You Like Least About Your Current Job?

By Edited Oct 27, 2013 1 3

What do you like least about your current or old job? This is one of the most common interview questions there is. You can improve your odds of landing a job by being prepared for the most common questions asked. Here are some tips to help you out during the interview process.

What do you dislike the most about your current or old job? You know it's coming, so be prepared. This isn't an invitation to bash your former employer or boss if you actually want to land the job. Be tactful and remain calm. Point out your least favorite aspect and try to compliment it with a positive. "There's no room for advancement. The company is very small, so there's no way for me to move up. I really enjoy the work, but I need something more challenging." You've successfully explained your reasons and have avoided sounding like a basher.

When telling the interviewer what you dislike about your current or old job, you want to make sure it's not something that will hurt your chances for the one you're going for. "I worked at the service desk, so all day long I had to deal with customers complaining." If you use anything like this you can forget about getting a job that has anything to do with customers whatsoever. Use good common sense when you answer any common interview questions, so you have a better chance of landing a new job.

You may be able to tie your answer to the job you're interviewing for. "I work in the back room alone all day. I really want to be around people." By using this example, you've explained what you dislike about your current job, and possibly tailored your answer to the one you're interviewing for. When you answer common interview questions like this one, you want to make a good impression. You have a much better chance of landing a new job this way.

During the interview, when asked what you dislike about your current job, you'll need to be prepared. Jot down a basic outline of what you want to touch on when asked this question. It's okay to rehearse it a bit, but don't memorize and regurgitate, or it won't sound sincere. What you're ultimately going for is confidence so you won't fumble around when the question is asked.

There really is no excuse for not being prepared for common interview questions. There are certain ones that are simply going to be asked virtually every time.

Common Interview Questions to Consider:

Why do you want to work here?

Will you relocate for the job?

What is your biggest strength?

What is your biggest weakness?



Aug 29, 2009 12:52am
I never knew how to answer that one before I read your article. Thanks so much!
Aug 29, 2009 2:30pm
Thanks midnitewriter. This really is one of the more tricky ones to answer.
Jan 5, 2010 9:10am
While the No Room for Advancement strategy can work in a larger company where there is opportunity for advancement, it can also backfire on you. Use caution. If you've only been on your job for say, 6 months, the interviewer may get the impression that you are impatient, or worse, that you'll soon be after their job. Tell the prospective employer that you have so much more you could contribute, if given an opportunity to prove yourself. Demonstrate that you are actively trying to improve your skills by taking classes in your field.
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