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What type of work environment do you dislike working in?

1 of 15 Compatibility Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on August 11th, 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

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.

Professional Answer Examples
General
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
Answer example

"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
Answer example

"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
Answer example

"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
Answer example

"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
Answer example

"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
Answer example

"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
Answer example

"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
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."

Written by:

Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
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.
First written on: 01/06/2017
Last modified on: 08/11/2018

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