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What is the worst thing you have heard about our company?

8 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

The interviewer would like to know if you have any reservations about joining their organization. Discuss with the interviewer the impression you have had in regards to their company. Do you have any red flags or hesitations? If you do, it is a great idea to express this to the interviewer so that they have a chance to clarify. Be respectful and non-accusatory. Keep your question as light as possible while still getting the answer you need to make yourself comfortable.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"For the most part, I have had a great impression of your company. After researching your organization online, I did read a couple of reviews from previous employees claiming that it was difficult to move up in the organization. Can you clarify that for me?"

Admin
Answer example

"In reading some of the online reviews about your organization, there was some feedback around high turnover within your company. What is your company doing to improve in this area?"

Manager
Answer example

"You mentioned earlier that your biggest pain point is the employee turnover in this department the past two years. I have also seen some negative online reviews from disgruntled employees. Could you share with me the current action steps your organization has taken to combat this ongoing issue?"

Marketing
Answer example

"Your agency was in the news recently for a copywriter that was plagiarizing work for some of your major clients. What steps has this company taken to recover your reputation, and make the necessary amends with your clients?"

Retail
Answer example

"I have heard from people that your company offers the best customer service, and then I have heard the opposite. I think this is par for the course when you are a huge corporation, with multiple locations. You can't win them all! I will say; however, that all of my experiences as a shopper in Company ABC have been amazing."

Sales
Answer example

"Some of your Glassdoor reviews show employees who state they did not earn the commission they thought they were, after initially starting with your company. Could you share with me a realistic overview of first years' earnings in this role?"

Teacher
Answer example

"Budget cuts are a pain point for a lot of teachers, students, and parents. I know that those situations are out of your hands. Could you share with me how you handle a situation such as budget cuts?"

Advertising Manager
Answer example

"For the most part, I have had a great impression about your company. After researching your organization online I did read a couple of reviews from previous employees claiming that it was difficult to move up in the organization. Can you clarify that for me?"

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 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: 01/10/2017
Last modified on: 08/21/2018

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