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What type of work environment do you dislike working in?

9 Answer Examples | Learn how to answer this question from professional recruiters

How to Answer

The interviewer would like to know if there is a particular type of environment that you find challenging. Are you pretty flexible in your ability to work in most situations? Have you experienced a position where the atmosphere wasn't conducive to your productivity? Be sure to know the type of environment offered in this position before the interview.

What type of work environment do you dislike working in?
Answer example

"I can be productive in most work environments, so long as the mentality is positive and teamwork is encouraged. I cannot work in an environment that feels negative or toxic."

Admin

"I have been lucky enough to work in environments where everyone gets along quite well, and hiccups are opportunities to learn, rather than scold. I hope to join an environment like this again. Does this describe your work environment?"

Manager

"In my current company, favoritism can often take place. This favoritism is because the company I work for is a family run business. They mean well; however, the workplace is too small for my liking. I look forward to joining a larger organization like yours where talent is recognized fairly."

Marketing

"I dislike working in closed-door environments. I need to be with managers who have open office policies and encourage questions. Because I am new to my marketing career, I would appreciate any mentorship that comes my way."

Retail

"Environments where tasks are dictated, without explanation, are incredibly challenging. I am capable of reading between the lines; however, I don't do well when orders are barked at me."

Sales

"I tend to find slow paced or red tape environments challenging to maintain my excitement levels. It is often difficult to exceed sales targets where there are a lot of unnecessary boundaries and policy."

Teacher

"I do not work well in micro-managed environments. I cannot concentrate with someone watching my every move. I am a seasoned educator and will deliver my absolute best, every day - without being monitored at all times."

Dishwasher

"I am able to be productive in most work environments, so long as the mentality is positive and teamwork is encouraged. I cannot work in an environment that feels negative or toxic."

Bank Teller

"I can be productive in most work environments, so long as the mentality is positive and teamwork is encouraged. I cannot work in an environment that feels negative or toxic."

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Ryan Brown
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Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
Published: 01/06/2017
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