Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains how to answer the job interview question, “what don’t you like about your current job.”
Today, I want to go back to some of those tough interview questions. Today's question is, "So, what did you like about your last job?" Or maybe it's just as, "So,, what did you like about your job?" Basically, this is an opportunity where you can disqualify yourself from being hired.
It's not like anything you going to say is going make them go, "Yeah! That's the guy that you want to hire!" You can definitely make them go, "Uh huh. This is a guy that we have to stay away from like the plague." You want to be smart about your answer and not say anything immature. An immature answer is,, "I hate my boss," or words to that effect or, "My work is boring," or words to that effect. Giving an immature answer that trashes your current work, boss and/or current job, trashing the people you work with them for isn't going to get you hired. It will get you rejected.
Let's be smart. What do they want to hear from you? If you think about the typical interview question what they want to hear our words to translate into, "I want to learn. I want to work hard. I want to get ahead." If you remember that theme. Every time they ask another dumb question like this 1 (and it really is a dumb question), You always come across as being smart.
Here's the way I would suggest answering that question.. Let me preface my suggested answer by saying I am a big believer that you always have to act when you interview. Even though you may have answered this question a thousand times already, you have to pretend like is the 1st time you've heard this question.
It's not like you can sit there and go, "I'm ready for that one!" You can't act like your prepared and rehearsed even though you are. You have to make it seem as though you are thinking about it for the 1st time.
You answer by saying, "Huh! that's a great question! As I think about it, the thing that is probably frustrated me the most is I want to be challenged more.. Initially, when I started my new job, there were lots of things to learn, there are opportunities for advancement . There is a very clear picture of where I could learn and grow here. As time is progressed, I become sufficiently good that I am seen as indispensable in this role. I want to keep learning and growing, because I'm only (fill in the blank years old). There's more things I want to learn. I want to grow. I want to develop. I don't want to be seen as the indispensable person around such and such. I want to join an organization that sees me as having an upside, wants to train me, provide me with mentoring and help you grow. Frankly, I believe I have much more of an upside."
What you do by saying this … It's not like they're going to say, "That was a good candidate answer." They are going to think to themselves, "Okay. She got through that one."
Again, this is not an answer that will get you hired.. It can be an answer that can get you disqualified.
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and leadership coaching.
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