How to Answer What You Enjoyed Least in a Job


Things may be going well during a job Interview until you are asked a question that comes as a surprise, like "What did you enjoy the least about your last job?". Many things may come to mind in response but most aren't likely to be good things to share during an interview. This question is designed to screen out candidates that might otherwise be a good fit because the answer may belie the notion that you are capable of being the right employee. Think carefully and provide answers that reinforce your worthiness.

  • Stay positive. Your prospects of landing a new job with your potential employer are increased when you evidence that you remain positive and upbeat even when everything is not going in your favor.

  • Avoid personal statements or attacks against colleagues. This gives your potential employer the impression that you may talk negatively about her when she is not around. This will not get you hired.

  • Don't assume a displeasing facet about the job you are leaving won't surface in the job you are applying for. For example "I had too many bosses" may be a true statement about your experience, but it is possible that you will also report to several people in your new role. You have no way of knowing this, but the interviewer does. To her, this kind of answer indicates you may not be a good fit.

  • Provide a direct answer if the interviewer must have one. Speak explicitly about a task that displeased you rather than the culture of the company or the people at the organization, and use your answer as a springboard to talk about your strengths. For example, "There were times when excessive reporting kept me from interacting with the program participants." With this statement, you indicate that while reporting is expected, the occasional excessive nature of it prevented you from more enjoyable aspects of your job.


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