During a job interview, a hiring manager may ask you a question like, “Describe the best job you’ve ever had,” or “What has been your favorite position so far?” Your answer to this question will show the hiring manager not just what type of job you liked best, but also why you liked that particular job. Your reasons for liking a job can help the hiring manager understand your interests and motivations regarding work.
Points to Emphasize
When you answer this question, you’ll want to focus on positives in order to make the best impression.
- Choose a job that is connected to the field you’re applying for.
- If the job isn’t connected, state reasons for liking the job that could be transferred to the current one.
- Focus on reasons that show your positive traits like hard work, a desire to be personally interested in your work, and a love of community.
- Use this opportunity to show your enthusiasm and passion.
Your best job should show the hiring manager that you would be just as excited about the job you’re applying for.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
Answering this question can be tricky. To avoid common pitfalls and mistakes, follow these guidelines:
- Don’t say you liked a job because it was easy, stress-free or entry-level.
- Refrain from saying that you haven’t liked any of your jobs.
- Don’t list a job that isn’t easily connected to the one you’re applying for without stating a connection.
- Don’t mention a wish to return to the old job, but rather, use it as a springboard to talk about the current one.
Your answer to this question reveals a lot about who you are as a person, so try not to let it detract from your chances of getting the position.
Below are two examples of how to answer a question about describing your favorite job:
- The best job I’ve ever had was my last one. The internship really gave me insider knowledge into how the industry works, and I was able to develop my skills. I had a great group of professionals that I worked under. I’m excited to use what I learned there in a long-term position.
- I’d say the best job I had was right out of college when worked overseas teaching English. The experience broadened my knowledge of the world, and while it was difficult work at first, I learned so much from those I taught.
A hiring manager needs to know what motivates you, and this question helps make his decision.