One of the key questions that are asked during a job interview are related to your current/previous job and your likes dislikes about the job.
While answering such critical job interview questions, one should remember that diplomacy is the key to corporate success.
This article suggests tactful answers to the questions:
‘What did you like most about your job’ and ‘what did you dislike about your job’ (or ‘what do you like least about your job’).
What do you like about your previous job? Interview question
Even if your previous job was rock bottom, you should not badmouth the job, simply because it would seem as your ‘habit’ to badmouth your previous employer, when you are interacting with your probable future employer.
On the other hand, this does not mean that you should exaggerate the good qualities of the job that you held previously.
This may indicate you are not ready to move on.
In fact, the best way to answer the questions ‘what did you like about your previous job’ is:
“I liked the professional attitude and the workplace environment that was provided to me. Another thing I liked was the close knit and interpersonal communications that were prevalent between managers and employees. The company also believed in their employees and seemed to really think about my future growth and professional progress.”
You may also tell that “the company constantly asked for feedback to improve job performance and increase bottom line sales [for achieving corporate goals]”
How to answer: What do you dislike about your job?
When asked about aspects that you didn’t like about your previous job, you have to be extra careful, because any negative aspects can be kept in mind and they may even work against you.
For example, if you say that you did not like the fact that breaks were restricted, , the interviewer may see you as a frequent break-taker rather than a hard worker.
Here is the best ways of answering this question:
“I found that there was no more scope of career growth in the company after reaching a certain level. The company had a stagnant point where they would simply retain employees without continuing to develop their potential in order to move the company forward.”
You may also say your previous company lacked the necessary feedback which would have helped employees perform at a higher level.