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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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Never came up against a rule that made me dislike it.
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Was not a time when I dislike company rules they are put in place for a reason.
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Asked management the purpose behind the rule.
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I did not like the return policy because I and some situations I knew merchandice were stolen. I discussed the situation with manager and She taught me to be more confortable with the policy.
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I never disliked rules rules are there for a reason.
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I believe that all rules a set in place for the greater good of all associates and not just the individual.
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I have never disliked a companys rule if the rule is enforsed I adbide by it and teach others to abide by it as well.
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I did not like the rule of keeping the fitting rooms unlocked for customers to use at will. I continued to use the proper chain of command in voicing my opinion and I was a contributing factor to getting that rule changed.
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When they risk employees health over the business.
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The job that I had consisted of a lot of travel time and I had to take some trips by an airplane, which I was not very fond of.
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Company rules of wearing certain clothing, I didnt think that was acceptable but to a certain extinct.
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When they change the rule to where safety glasses all times on the production floor instead only working on machinery. But right when you think about it .
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Being removed from bonus drawing because of vacation day.
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I never had problem with company rules but realize we may not always agree 100 percent about the rule but it is company policy and the rules must be followed.
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I have always been open to company rules - they are made for a reason.
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A company rule I disliked while being a day care manager was one stating we had to call the parents to come back and get their child/ children if they cried for 5 minutes or more. This led to upset parents especially since the majority of kids did cry when they were dropped off and did take a few minutes to settle in and get comfortable with us.
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I believe in following all company policies and procedures.
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Company rules are made for a reason it is not up to me to like or dislike just follow them.
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I follow the rule because they are there for a reason. Breaking rules could cause some to get hurt.
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There has never really been a time I disagreed with a company rule. If it is a rule it is for a reason and justified and not me to question.
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The children clothing chain I previously womanaged did not offer boxes. This was difficult during the holiday season, as customers wanted gift boxes. I explained to the N.Y. Office how vital it was to offer this feature, and talked them into a trial run in only my store. It was a success and all stores received gift boxes for the holidays.
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I dont know that I have ever disliked rules they are set to keep customers and employees safe . With out rules thier would be a lot more accidents and people getting hurt and killed.
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The company rules are in place for a reason and my opinion of those rules is not important. It is important only to work within those rules to accomplish assigned tasks.
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I hate that I cant do a total void or a return of items that are more then $35. Its extremely inconvenient to have to pull a team leader away from their projects just so they can scan their badge and walk away.
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I did not like the work hours and days but I adapted to them and adjusted but always follow company rules.
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I have worked retail the last 3 years I know that if we can make a great first impression we can have a lifelong customer.
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The only rules I disagreed with was actually the lack of safety rules. We were not required to wear hard hats or safety glasses. I felt it put coworkers at to much of a risk.
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I once had a supervisor that did not like me spending time on programs that we officially did not support. While I only did this for over seas operations I believed that we should help the warfighter in remote operations.
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I do not recall not like the rules. I am a rule follower.
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I did not like the return policy. Sometimes you knew that your company was being short changed but you still do strong customer service and make the call to return cheerfully.
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I cannot recall a time where I disliked a company rule. I have been fortunate to have worked for companies that understand that success relies on two things, customers and employes that work as a team.
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Did what what company policy dictated, but constructively brought up my viewpoint to superior, which led to a policy change.
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Water on the floor, but I understand the reason behind it.
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When I was required to take a break and did not need one.
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Company policy stated that an employees socks should be either black or white, and should not come above the ankle. This policy was still in effect even when an employee was wearing pants. I thought the rule was unnecessary, but I still enforced it because it was my job. I did, however, attempt to get the rule changed by discussing my dislike of the rule with my franchise consultant. He agreed to present this issue at their next meeting with the CEO. He informed me later that the rule would be kept.
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There is always a time that you will dislike a rule, but they are there for a reason.
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Company rules are set so that everyone is on the same page, some we may not like, but you learn to live with them and offset the dislike. In the long run, you have the job by this point, and knew the rules before starting.
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Due to my facility being so far away from the actual post we were assigned to, we were unable to be included or represented by the union if we chose.
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I know I have to apply by all rules to an compant so, so I never dislike any rules set by a company.
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I dont like some of the return policies but I did overcome that and I do whatever it takes to make the customer happy.
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I dont like the return policy on the 30 day no questions asked because like for heaters for instance they will purchase them when the cold weather is here and then if it gets warm for one day they return it because they dont need it. ust like with tillers they buy then use it for a week then they are done with it they bring it back. Thisa is really the only thing.
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I do not recall when I disliked company rules in my last job, but if I were to come across such a situation, I would take the time to discuss it privately with my supervisor.
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I can not think of anything that I dislike about the rules because they are made for worker safety and efficiency.
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I did not like the way we organized stock. I felt it would be lost, or would not be found in time to please customers.
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The last assignment I was assigned to had shown me janitorial skills but with this job I would like to develop my customer communication skills.
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I have no recollection of when I disliked company rules since they were all fair and reasonable.
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I believe that rules are there for a purpose and am not a person to change them.
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I disliked how we were only able to work under 28 hours to avoid getting benefits.
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I have not run into a problem with any of the company rules in order to dislike them.
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April 2 years ago our HR Manager wanted us to enter the building a certain way Although understanding the reasons I disliked the rule it was not a safety or security issue when working a mid or closing shift and made it frustrating to sign in and get on the sales floor.
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Calling the sales manager after each appointment.
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I strongly disliked the length of time for our lunches but I always accept any companies rules and policies regardless.
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I think rules are necessary and all should comply.
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I never didlike company rule. I always adjust to them because I know they are put there for a reason.
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Rules are rules, they are set there for a reason..
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The company had a rule that there were no cell phones on the floor, which is understandable. However they launched a new mobile site and openly encouraged employees to use it and share it with the customers,... However management was the only ones approved to have their cell phones. So I sat down with an ASM and aired my frustrations about not being able to utilize the tools on the mobile site. This led to a change in the rules that enabled use of a valuable customer service tool.
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The new call of policy for associates, the schedule process.
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I did not agree with their rules for traveling expenses, however I just went along with what was in place even though I disagreed.
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We were allowed breaks but were very frowned upon if we took them and we werent a smoker.
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I didn't like being on call I'm looking for something full time and steady.
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Guest Services was a difficult position. Sometimes cards would decline, we would have to cancel the reservation/resell the room. Other times, I had to file a guest as a no show at a certain only to have them appear the next day. It was very difficult to accommodate long stays.
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Most company rules are put in place for specific reasons, so whether I liked them or not I always respect them.
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When they wanted to take advantage of your skills.
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When I worked at Wal-Mart I did not like how their rules allowed them to work people over their 40 hours while not giving them overtime but just factoring the hours in on their next pay period. It felt like they were forcing us to work for free.
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Company rules are set to anyone work in the company and I should respect this rules and commit it but maybe I reject it if new rules are set without I know.