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Describe a time when you disliked company rules in your last job?
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The interviewer wants to hear that you are not a rule breaker, and you support the rules the company has put into place. Start off by telling the interviewer that you follow all of the company rules and are supportive of the leadership decisions the company makes regarding rules. After all, there had to be some logic to their professional decision! Next, think of an outside the box rule your company had that you simply would have made a different decision about. A sound example might be that company rule that says no insulated lunch boxes/totes can be put into the fridge because it takes up too much space. You might tell the interviewer, "If I could change one decision the leadership team made regarding a rule, I would not have implemented the rule that says employees cannot put a lunch tote/lunch box in the fridge for space reasons because it makes it so much harder to find your own food in the fridge at lunch time resulting in a line at the refrigerator and less time to spend outside enjoying the sunshine." This shows the interviewer that you respect decisions even when you recognize you would make different decisions sometimes.
Answer examples
"If I could change one decision the leadership team made regarding a rule, I would not have implemented the rule that says employees cannot put a lunch tote/lunch box in the fridge for space reasons because it makes it so much harder to find your own food in the fridge at lunch time resulting in a line at the refrigerator and less time to spend outside enjoying the sunshine."

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User-Submitted Answers

Describe a time when you disliked company rules in your last job?
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I disliked when our owner told us we should let people have extra stuff and Share one all you can eat for four different people. I just couldn't understand why we would chose to loose money.
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I would say overtime. Much as I would love to do overtime we can't work any.
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Our shoes had to be completely black, so if you for instance found a pair of shoes that were comphy yet not entirely black, you couldn't wear them.
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I disliked the fact that at certain times we would have to carry the phones around in our aprons and answer it when people called. I felt like it slowed down my productivity in everything else.
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I dont make the rules I just enforce them.
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When they told me I couldn't recommend other stores to the customer.
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I have disliked the policy that no worker is allowed to exceed 40 hours. I have felt that in certain situations, my work was not only necessary, but justifiable at a time and a half rate.
8.
I disliked company rules when they never gave ladys a chance for promotion.
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A time that I disliked company rules would probably have to be when we were not allowed to close the store until a period of time rather than when we are comfortable.
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Three sales people selling to the same customer with different prices, this was not good for the customer or the company.
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When any approvals need to be taken the authorizing managers where more than two which always created delays.
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There was never a time when I thought that. I have always followed the rules and I have always delivered great customer service and presentation.
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I have had a few things or rules that I disliked about other companies that I have worked for but I accept them and move on.
14.
Company rules was that you bing beck all th food ■ht customer purchased, donr think its right because Theobald fir it.
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Company rules are set for a reason and should always be followed.
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I may have but there is no way around them so you do your best and abide by them. They are there for a reason.
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Not having a stable schedule, and working on a call in basis.
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Whether I like company rules is irrelevant, I must follow rules of the work place.
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Letting staff members coming in late and not taking care of situations.
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I just follow their rules and dont worry about how I feel.
21.
I never disliked any company rules at any job that I have worked at .
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Maybe the last years working there, changes, as in a new President at the company, change his attitude from being nice to bossing people around in a mean way.
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I have not been employed before.
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I had no problems with the company rules. I feel you need them for the company to operate efficiently.
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We call customers, guests. I'm used to saying customer but, if you say customer you get a write up.
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I always believe that the company writes the check, I learn to adapt to the rules unless it is illegal or would harm someone.
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I disliked there missed days policy of I got step throat and had a Drs note for two days off to not be contagious I would be counted for two days and if I had already missed could be grounds for termination but if I missed three days it would only count as one. Just didn't make much since to me.
28.
When I found out the company didn't pay right away.
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Once we weren't allowed to go into the warehouse unless a manager went with us or gave us approval. What if it was a busy day and we had to go check something in the warehouse for a customer? Going on a wild goose chase looking for a manager just to get approval to go into the back doesn't really make sense to me. It wastes too much time.
30.
Well it was when I worked for fed ex everything was geared around time to deliver packages, not taking intyo account traffic school zones or other conditions it made driver rush which caused a lot of accidents.
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It was more of an attitude rather than a rule, the retirement living facility was extremely short handed, they did not pay or treat employs well, in turn in effected the residents in their overall care. This was unacceptable to me. I would take time to talk to residents & engage with them, you can learn a lot from listening to people.
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When I was told not to work on weekends.
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I do not always prefer to work in a team.
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I guess the biggest issue I had with company rules was breaks on longer shifts.
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I really can't think of a company rule that I felt was unreasonable. I was aware of the companies policies prior to employment.
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Being with other coo workers hanging out.
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There are always rules they change or not you just have to accept them as part of your employment.