MockQuestions MockQuestions

What negative things have you heard about our company?

1 of 30 Common Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Written on July 26th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
How to Answer

This question is a tricky one because you do not want to foster an air of negativity during the interview. If you have heard negative things about the employer, you likely do not yet have the rapport to bring it up let alone help them make a move towards change. Keep your answer light and comfortable for the interviewer to address. The key here is to complete your response on a positive note.

Professional Answer Examples
Answer example

"I read on that growth within your company can be slow. Could you comment on that for me? I am interested in joining an organization where growth is present when I prove myself to be a valuable team member. With that said, I have heard many more amazing things about your company, as opposed to negative."

Answer example

"I cannot even remember where I heard it, but I did hear at one point that your hiring decisions can be a touch slow. Do you have a timeline in mind for filling this particular position? I am willing to be patient with your process, either way. It's an important decision, I realize."

Answer example

"Negative does not always mean it's true - this is one lesson that I have learned after years of being in a leadership role. I have heard primarily great things about your company. Anything negative that I have heard, such as turnover or slow growth, are complaints that all enterprise-level organizations receive."

Answer example

"I read a less than flattering review online from a disgruntled employee. I take those comments with a grain of salt, as there are always two sides to a story. When looking online, the positive far outweighed any negative comments."

Answer example

"I have heard the usual comments that retail stores receive related to lack of training, unhappy customers, and high turnover. I asked around a bit before coming here today as I have a couple of friends who work here. Everyone I spoke to said it was a great environment, so I am going to lead with those positive thoughts instead!"

Answer example

"One thing I have heard was that your sales targets are very challenging to achieve. Are you able to speak to that at all? I am a proven top performer who loves a challenge, but I certainly want to make sure that I am set up for success."

Answer example

"Your school has a wonderful reputation. The only negative I have heard was in the district as a whole and was related to small budgets, and some additional cuts. I am happy to discuss this further if you are open to that."

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
Published: 07/26/2018
*Specific career answer examples vary on published date
Get More Interview Practice
Pick your topic
Ask the Interviewer
Questions you may consider asking the interviewer, about ...
We all have some behaviors that are typical of us and whi...
Common Interview Questions
There are some questions that employers ask at almost eve...
If you are interviewing for any type of leadership role; ...
Most interviews start with a telephone interview. Hiring ...
Everyone struggles with tough interview questions. Learn ...
View more topics