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Describe a time when you disliked company rules in your last job?

Answer examples and advice for how to answer this interview question for a Home Depot interview

Advice
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.
Basic answer example
"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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Describe a time when you disliked company rules in your last job?
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Underestimating women in the plant.
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I never disliked any of the rules my jobs had. Since I wanted the job I just comply with the rules!
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I have never dislike company rules. Rules are there to be followed. Because I wanted to work there I needed to comply with the rules.
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There was not any rules which we did not like it.
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I obeyed all the rules in my Company since rules were there for a reason. If you want to do your job properly. Stick to the rules.
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I have never disliked company rules rules are there to be followed because I want to work here I need to comply with the rules.
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Never because company rules are put in place for a reason.
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I do not dislike company rules. Rules are made to be followed.
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I have never dislike company rules. Rules are there to be followed. Because I wanted to work there I needed to comply with the rules.
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I believe that employees should follow the rules even if they do not fully understand or agree with them. Following the rules can prevent a safety hazard or save a life in some situations. The rules are in place for a reason.
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I have never had a problem with authority or rules because I feel rules are made to be followed, and if I choose a job than I should know the rules and accept it.
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If I work for a company, I will follow the rules. Period.
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I have never had a problem with company rules and have no problem following and enforcing them.
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I do not have a dislike for any company rules I have worked for. I respect all rules, thes rules are there for a reason and I respect them.
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Ive never disliked company rules ive always abide by them they are rules to help and protect you and are meant to be followed and respected.
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Rules are to be follow, you have to comply with the company rules.
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I never disliked company rules, rules has to be follow and you have to comply with them.
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I have never disliked company rules they are there for a reason and to be followed by all.
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I have never dislike company rules I feel rules are important and should be followed.
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Rules are in place so that the business runs smoothly, and that the best customer service, productivity, are achieved.
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Rules are made to be followed, always do the right thing.
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Rules is a must within the company, I always love a company that has rules to follow.
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I cant say ive ever disliked company rules, they are there to keep you safe, to prevent losses they are there for a reason and you have to abide by them.
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Rules are made to be followed, so whether or not I like them, I follow them.
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I understand and comply to all rules that a company puts forward. Rules are there for a reason, even if I do not understand what that reason is.
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There are not any rules I disliked. Rules are in place so that associates do not get hurt or injured. They are in place for a reason.
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I have never disliked company rules. They are in place for the safety of the customer and the employees.
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How I feel about a rule is irrelevant, if the rule is reasonable and safe, it must be followed.
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It was an integrity dilemma that ultimately got me to look for employment at home depot.
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Not at any time, because rules make for follow not for like or dislike . Rules make for smooth and transparent running the daily business .
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I think company rules are set for a reason and should be followed at all times.
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They have a rule about throwing away food good food which this food can go to help feed the homeless.
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I have never disliked company rules. Rules are there to be followed. Because I wanted to work there I needed to comply with the rules.
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At my last paid job which was Walmart the rule about the break periods and lunch rules did not make sense to me.
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One rule that I didnt like was when we had to request time off three weeks prior to the date we wanted off. I felt like three weeks was way too long of a time to find out plans.
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I was given a 15 minute break per shift. At first I thought it was unfair but with every benefit comes 10 rules so I learned to deal with it.
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I would talk to my store manager and let them know what I did not like and see if we could make changes for the employees.
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I disliked when the company put a lock on the kitchen door because if stopped the residents from being able to enter when they wanted something.
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As government employee there were a lot of rules that did not always seem right or fair however the rules were in place to protect the public and the employees so it was best to follow them while letting upper management know that some rules needed to be reviewed .
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I was working late on evening and my co-workers and I was unable to purchases lunch through a specific restaurant because our company only allows us to buy from specific restaurant.
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Collecting jobs prior to completion.
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My last job . I do not know if for bad organizations or not, but the mornig´shift only make foods and throught away the garbage but did not take care for the cleaning, the afternoom´shift have to do their foods, pick it up the garbage and doit the cleaning and wash the dishes to, I think it is not fair.
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I never have because rules are in place for reasons. I believe they are there to only protect us not make life miserable.
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I never had a job before. But in high school they were many rules that I did not agree with, so I just went along without putting up a fight. But there were moments where I had enough and I had to talk it out with someone.
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I am a person that follow the rules. They are set in place for a reason, rather its safety or from somthing that happen it the past. Rules are rules for a reason.
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Home Depot would be my first employer. I have worked as an independent contractor doing yard work.
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Disliked early morning meetings but still showed up and participated.
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There was a time when my dad got very sick and I could not take time off to care for him.
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While being head of Marina Club, I was not allowed the hire or fire a worker on my own.
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In my current job, when I'm finished with my work, im not allowed to help another associate with their desk. We are supposed to ask for additional work. In my opinion, if we're finished we should be able to help each other especially if it's someone who has my same work ethic but just fell behind.
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None of the rules I had at previous jobs were ones that I disliked. Rules are made to be followed.
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Company rules are for a reason and usually for your safety or others.
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Being given only 15 minute from the time I was relieved from my station to finish side work on two stations and all the tables on my half of the restaurant.
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I never had a problem with my pervious employers rules.
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I've never had a problem with company rules.
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I never disliked the company rules in the last job I had because the rules were apart of my job and I had to follow them regardless.
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Whether or not I like the company rules is a moot point. The rules are in place for reasons that I might not be aware of, so I follow them.
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I don't have any problems with following the rules.
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I don't think there has ever been a time where I have had to dislike rules. Rules are to be enforced for the safety of all associates.
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Having to added on extras to our work attire (ie : scarfs, jewelry)
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Rules are made to be followeed andi have no problem in following rules.
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Pretty much understand the reasons for the company rules so I've never really disliked any.
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The company did not have a nepotism policy. As a result, there was a great deal of favoritism and bad choices that affected business outcomes.
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Rules are set for the safety and benefit of everyone I've never not like the rules at work.
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There wasn't really any rules that I didn't like I guess the closest thing would be not being able to have your phone with you but that wasn't a big deal for me.
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My only issue was safety for working out in the gas station. There are no safety vests and cars have been known to drive very fast through the gas station area.
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A customer once bought something from the store that was on propmotion. He came back with the product the following day complaining that it didnt get along with him. I was helping the customer at the return desk and I came to know that according to the comapny poicy I cannot refund the product as it was on promotion... I didnt like the idea though but I politely explained the customer that I was unable to refund it and asked him if I can give him the store credit which he happily agred.
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Nothing really comes to mind as far as disliking rules at work. I sort of see myself as a rule follower and if I am uncomfortable with a rule with a little research it's not hard to find the reason for the rule and understanding it's need.
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I was always asked to do same repeated work.
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While working as a childcare provider, the parents insisted I have the children do their homework as soon as they got home from school. The children were often tired and I felt would benefit from a little play time first.
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As a general cotractor in Quebec we were forced to join the RBQ which was a union that all contractors were obliged to join. I had no problem passing the exams, but the RBQ and CCQ were expensive, and forced us to raise prices by paying exorbitant salaries to employees, after which mlost of the money was taken back by the government, leaving the employee with a small salary.. I. E an apprentice bricklayer must be paid $75/hr, and after deductions, he takes home in the low $20s/ hour. Ut the customer must pay the high price for the work. This is a rule that I did not like.
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Met has some unlikable rules but in the end it's not my job to make the rules, but it is to follow them.
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I've never really dislike company rules. I don't like some one changing rules.
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This is my first job, so far in my experience at childrens I did not have any dislikes.
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I haven't had any dislikes I always follow the rules with no problems.
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If you were to get robbed and a gun held to your head you were still not to call 911
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There hasn't been a job where I disliked company rules. I normally play by all the rules.
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When one of our famous deal we could not switch out the side and customers were really upset about that.
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I didn't like the fact that you had to call a 1-800 number but I did what was asked.
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When I was told to to not serve a costomer that was a proir employee I was told she was not lowed in the store it was a personal thing that wad between then an I was told that I sj Hould not be nice to her, she was a customer I treat them all the same.
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I don't recall a time where I disliked the company rules. I am usually one to follow rules and not question them.
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I worked in a dental office with a lot of ladies at computers all lined up and we were never allowed to talk to each other..I felt like we were in the principals office.
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I never had a dislike for company rules.
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I may have disliked the rules but I still would follow them. I would talk to my manager if I really didn't like the rule or thought it was wrong.
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I wasn't given the help that was needed and the information was something I had to find on my own.

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