Questions Job Interview :
What did you like least about your last job?
Bad Answer :
A lack of stability - I felt like the place could collapse around me at any time.
Try and stay away from anything that draws on the politics, culture or financial health of your previous employer. No matter how true it might be, comments like these will be construed as too negative. Also, you don't want to focus on a function that might be your responsibility in the next role. So think of something you disliked in your last job, but that you know for sure won’t be part of this new role.
Good Answer :
There was nothing about my last job that I hated. But I guess there were some things I liked less than others. My previous role involved traveling at least twice a month. While I do love to travel, twice a month was a little exhausting - I didn’t like spending quite so much time out of the office. I’m happy to see that this role involves a lot less travel.
Describe a time when you did not get along with a co-worker.
Bad Answer :
I’m easy to get along with, so I’ve never had any kind of discord with another coworker.
Interviewers don’t like these types of easy out answers. And besides… they know you are probably not telling the truth. Think of a relatively benign (but significant) instance and spin it to be a positive learning experience.
Good Answer :
I used to lock heads with a fellow nurse in the INCU ward. We disagreed over a lot of things - from the care of patients to who got what shifts to how to speak with a child’s family. Our personalities just didn’t mesh. After three months of arguing, I pulled her aside and asked her to lunch. At lunch, we talked about our differences and why we weren’t getting along. It turns out that it was all about communication. We communicated differently and once we knew that, we began to work well together. I really believe that talking a problem through with someone can help solve any issue.
You must remember that the best-qualified person does not necessarily get the job. It is one who presents himself / herself confidently, speaks well and sells himself / herself at the interview. And this can be despite the fact that others may have better qualifications and more experience. The person who makes the interviewer believes that he has that extra magic and that the company cannot afford not to have him / her, is the one who will get the job. The extra magic is really preparation. Successful persons will tell you that to succeed there is no substitute for hard work. Similarly for a good interview there is no substitute for preparation.
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