Bad Answer : He was completely incompetent and a nightmare to work with which is why I’ve moved on.
If you get the job, the person interviewing you will some day be your previous boss. The last thing they want is to hire someone who they know is going to badmouth them some day. Instead of trashing your former employer, stay positive and focus on what you learned from him (no matter how awful he really was).
Good Answer : My last boss taught me the importance of time management - he didn’t
pull any punches and was extremely deadline-driven. His no-nonsense attitude
pushed me to work harder and to meet deadlines I never even thought were
Why are you leaving your current role?
Bad Answer : I can’t stand my boss or the work I'm doing.
Again, stay away from badmouthing your job or employer. Focus on the positive.
Good Answer : I’ve learned a lot from my current role. But now I’m looking for a new challenge to broaden my horizons and to gain a new skill-set - all of which I see the potential for in this job.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Bad Answer : Relaxing on a beach in Maui or Doing your job.
There’s really no right answer to this question. But the interviewer wants to know that you’re ambitious, career-oriented and committed to a future with the company. So instead of sharing your dream for early retirement or trying to be funny, give them an answer that illustrates your drive and commitment. Do not give vague answers. Instead, think about something you did well - and enjoyed -that will be relevant at this new job. This is an opportunity for you to share your interests, prove that you’re a great fit for the job and showcase your enthusiasm.
Good Answer : In five years I’d like to have an even better understanding of this industry. Also, I really love working with people. Ultimately, I’d like to be in some type of managerial role at this company where I can use my people skills and industry knowledge to benefit the people working for me and the company as a whole.
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