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What was something about your last job that you dreaded doing?

8 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

The interviewer would like to understand the types of tasks that you, without a doubt, do not enjoy doing. This question is closely related to the "Tell me your greatest weakness" question because it is human nature to dislike doing the things which we are not skilled. Ensure that your answer is deeper than "Taking out the garbage." The interviewer needs to gain real insight into you. Be sure to wrap up your answer by reiterating your ability and willingness to be a team player and perform these tasks despite your dislike for them.

Here are some tasks that you may not enjoy doing:

- Full inventory counts
- Organizing the file room
- Getting coffee and lunch for the office
- Making photocopies or sending faxes
- Taking on responsibilities for which you are not adequately trained
- Heavy lifting
- Terminating employees
- Explaining benefits packages
- Training temporary employees

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"Tell me your greatest weakness"

Admin
Answer example

"Organizing the file room is one task that I admittedly dread in my current role. The fact that the file room quickly becomes a dumping ground for files drives me crazy! I will try to visit the file room on a daily basis now, at the end of each day, so that the task does not become too overwhelming."

Manager
Answer example

"Many managers will attest to this - firing an employee has to be the most dreaded task of all when you are in a leadership role. I grow to care about my employees and never enjoy seeing someone fail. For that reason, I choose to coach as often as possible. However, some people simply are not coachable. When I do need to terminate someone, I do so with utmost empathy."

Marketing
Answer example

"As the marketing director, I am often onboarding new creatives into the agency. We do not have an HR department, so it is up to me to ensure the hiring package is properly filled out, and that the new employee understands their health benefits. I don't know about you, but I find health benefits packages to be so convoluted and confusing that I dread trying to explain the ins and outs of it all. I have made an infographic manual to help me explain some of the concepts!"

Retail
Answer example

"Monthly inventory counts were a task in my recent role that I did not always appreciate. This dislike was not because I do not understand the importance of regular inventory checks but because the corporate head office would want them submitted every Saturday by 7 PM Eastern Time. We are located in Pacific Time, three hours behind. This time difference meant that we needed to submit a full store inventory on a Saturday, at 4 PM- our peak traffic time! It did not make sense, but corporate refused to flex. It made my job very stressful those days."

Sales
Answer example

"In my most recent position, I dreaded compiling the quarterly scorecard. As the sales manager I was very busy with a multitude of tasks which, in addition to, I was only given two days from month end to check the accuracy of thousands of transactions and key in manual entries. My department had the most KPIs to track so it would have been nice to have been offered an assistant during that time. It was tight deadline every time."

Teacher
Answer example

"If I could pick one dreaded task, I would say it's operating the photocopier. As funny as it sounds - I swear, it does not like me. Our administrator usually takes on the task for me when I need manuals copied or faxes sent. I much prefer being in the classroom teaching a lesson plan. I will do the work in a pinch, of course."

TSA Screener
Answer example

"I didn't like working in a kitchen with food all day. I prefer to be interacting with people when I go to work."

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.
First written on: 06/01/2015
Last modified on: 06/29/2018

View user-submitted Answers

What was something about your last job that you dreaded doing?
1.
My boss is a foreiner and decisions especially sales decisions takes alot of time to be taken. Sometimes we loose jobs that are very lucrative just because the decision took too long. Therefore given that position I would dread to improve on decision making.
2.
I didn't dread do anything it was my job and it had to be done.
3.
It seemed I always had someone else job to do. When others didn't do their job correct. I would report it, but seniors didn't listen.
4.
Changing soiled bedding. I didn't think I would be able to stomach it, but I proved myself wrong.
5.
The sudden change in schedule especially when I am halfway through the Batch.
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