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Tell me your favorite, and least favorite, aspects of your current or most recent position.

34 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

Always answer a question like this with the negative first, so that you can end on a positive note. The way you respond can completely change the vibe of the interview.

When it comes to discussing your least favorite aspect of your current/most recent position, beware of complaining to the interviewer. Take this question as an opportunity to shine when it comes to your ability to overcome challenges and dislikes. Describe the obstacles your previous employer offered you, and how you thrived in that environment. Stay away from company gossip or drama. Avoid getting into a negative spiral from which you cannot recover!

When discussing your favorite aspect of your current/most recent role, stay away from company perks and choose to focus on something like growth, the culture, or your ability to make an impact. For example, do not say you enjoyed working at Google because of the fantastic cafeteria. Everyone knows they have a large cafeteria for their employees, but that's not why you work there, right?

For example "Every company has areas for improvement. My least favorite aspect of my current position is that I have very little autonomy when it comes to making decisions surrounding client relationships. The best part of this job and part of the reason I have stayed there for six years is that my coworkers are amazing and there is a strong environment for professional development."

Professional Answer Examples
General
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"Every company has areas for improvement. My least favorite aspect of my current position is that I have very little autonomy when it comes to making decisions surrounding client relationships. The best part of this job and part of the reason I have stayed there for six years is that my coworkers are amazing and there is a strong environment for professional development."

Admin
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"As an HR Administrator, I loved working with people, and I enjoyed making a difference in the direction of their careers through the guidance I provided. It was a very corporate environment, and sometimes things took longer to happen than I would have liked. A slow pace is what I like least, especially when people are waiting for you to pull through for them."

Manager
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"My favorite aspect hands down are my customers. I love helping them. My least favorite is the lack of funding for travel to visit our customers in their facilities and show a higher interest in their operations."

Marketing
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"My favorite and least favorite points are one in the same! I love that technology and marketing methods are ever-changing; however, it can be frustrating to master particular advertising algorithms just to have them change on you again in 2 months. Continued education is important, but some months it feels nearly impossible to keep up."

Retail
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"I would have to say my least favorite part of this position is the fact that I have to split the leadership responsibilities and duties with another assistant manager, mostly because I'm eager for the chance to take the lead on my own. That said, on the flip side, I have learned so much by sharing these duties. I have learned to work not only cooperatively but incredibly efficiently and collaboratively with someone who is so very different than I. I have learned from her management style, her years in the industry, and how she relates to people that I feel I have grown tremendously as a person and manager."

Sales
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"I find my biggest struggle to be that I have very little support from upper management, so I am often left to figure it out on my own, even when it is a time that I should have a supervisor involved, which can be frustrating. At the same time, I love the autonomy and creativity that this position affords me. I can set up my day, and client calls or visits, however, is most useful for me, which is such a breath of fresh air and has led to higher sales volume than if I were to be following a strict formula or script. I've grown tremendously at an accelerated pace in this role and with a hands-off approach."

Teacher
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"I would say my least favorite part of the job is that I currently have to prove every year that our department is worth keeping. I am all about having to prove you still deserve your position, tenure or no tenure, but to have to continually battle to get the district to see that budgetary cuts or not, this is an incredibly valuable, significant offering from the region, especially in 2017, is exhausting. That said, I am looking for a district, much like 205, that values the world language program, notably its inclusion in the elementary grades. My favorite part of my job is my students, of course. I love what I do- I wake up with a spring in my step and a smile on my face that I get to do what I do every day, and it's because of the students. I love Spanish, I love teaching, and the icing on the cake is my fantastic, excellent, eager students. "

Law Enforcement
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"Every place has areas for improvement. My least favorite aspect of my current position is that I have very little autonomy when it comes to making decisions surrounding our priority cases. The best part of this job and part of the reason I have stayed there for 6 years is that my coworkers are amazing and there is a strong push for professional development."

Quality Control Inspector
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"The part of being a QC Inspector that I enjoy the least is probably the mass amounts of paperwork that I need to complete on a daily basis. I do understand that it needs to be done, however; I very much enjoy being face to face with my team. It feels like I make a bigger impact that way."

Landscape Architect
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"My favorite projects to work on are (X projects listed on the job posting) because I have extensive experience completing such projects. For instance, in my last position as (X position title) for (X company), I completed similar project (... detailed information regarding these projects). I thoroughly enjoyed working on such projects because (X reasons why these were your favorite projects, such as enjoying being the leading managing a team, and so on)."

Slot Attendant
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"I think one thing I might dislike is XYZ but then I also know that its an important part of our job and since I love being a slot attendant I do that part happily."

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Written by:

Rachelle Enns
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.
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.
First written on: 03/12/2018
Last modified on: 01/22/2019
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