Regardless of the field in which you are applying, you should be prepared to talk about your history with it. Therefore, you should be prepared to answer, “What do you like the most and least about working in this industry”
This question is asked in order to gauge certain pieces of information. It is asked to see if what you like most is a part of what the job will entail and if what you like least is not relevant to the position. If the things you hate are integral parts of the job, then the hiring manager will know that this position is not right for you. You should frame your answer around what will be required of you if offered the job.
Points to Emphasize
Your answer to this question should revolve around the specific responsibilities associated with the position you are interviewing for.
- Customize your answer to be relevant to the position
- Talk about things you love that are important aspects of the job
- Talk about things you do not love that are not that important to the job
- Be truthful
If you genuinely despise something about the industry, and that thing is an essential part of the job, you do not have to outright say that you hate it. You can just avoid mentioning it altogether.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
It is very easy to poorly answer this question, so watch out for these common blunders.
- Avoid saying that you love something about the industry that isn’t relevant to the job
- Avoid saying that you hate something about the industry that is crucial to the job
- Don’t say there is nothing you hate about the industry
- Don’t make the interviewer worried that you would be unhappy in the position
An interview is a chance to make a first impression on a potential employer, so avoid instilling the fear that you would hate working at this company by giving the wrong answer.
You should be well-versed in the ins and outs of the industry before applying, and a good response might look something like this:
I think I would make a great sales associate because my favorite part of any retail job is when I make a customer’s day by going above and beyond what’s expected. I like being out on the floor with the clientele as opposed to being behind a desk not interacting with anyone.
This is a good answer for a job that requires a lot of customer interaction where you would not be required to be behind a desk anyway. Customize your answer to reflect your desire to work with the organization.