When you walk into a professional interview, you will be faced with a number of questions about your industry experience and knowledge. You may also face inquiries about your personal interests or opinions about the position. For instance, the hiring manager may ask you, “What do you like and not like about working in this job” The interviewer wants to see if you have realistic expectations about what the position will be and if you are prepared to handle the company’s work environment. As you answer, keep in mind what you read in the job description. You should already have an idea of what the company is looking for, so tailor your response to show that you are the best candidate for the job.
Points to Emphasize
Whatever you include in you answer, you want to appear as if you are capable of handling the industry’s demands.
- Concentrate on the real elements you enjoy and dislike about your profession.
- Focus on the positives of your position.
- Mention how you are effective as an employee.
- Highlight comparable projects, experiences or interactions.
Try to stay confident and be clear in your response. Hiring managers respond well to self-assured individuals.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
Don’t simply give a bulleted list of what you enjoy and/or dislike about your position. Show your knowledge of the position.
- Avoid giving general answers that could apply to any of your past positions.
- Do not become pessimistic or cynical as your respond.
- Avoid talking about professional mishaps or mistakes.
- Do not answer in a timid or evasive way.
Be sure to actually answer the question. The hiring manager specifically asked about the pitfalls of your position, but you can still spin you reply in a positive light or even add some humor.
Here is an example of a good response to the question regarding what you do and do not like about your job:
As a restaurant manager, I think the unexpected problems that arise are simultaneously the best and worst part of the job. There’s this perpetual feeling that something may happen. However, I enjoy the challenge of having to think on my feet as well as the responsibility of keeping everything running smoothly. As much as I don’t want anything to go wrong, I know that I am prepared to resolve any conflict effectively at a moment’s notice.
Remember, even though you have been asked specifically about the negative aspects of your position, do your absolute best to remain as positive as possible in your reply.