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What was your least favorite job? Why?

1 of 30 Tough Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on July 29th, 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

Most people have had a job that they don't particularly love. Think about your least favorite situation and break down for the interviewer what made it so tiresome. Perhaps the responsibilities were mundane, or the co-workers were unfriendly. Discuss with the interviewer what made the job so complicated, and what you did to make it better for yourself. The interviewer wants to see that you are proactive in situations like this rather than just giving up and quitting.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"Many years ago, I worked as a waitress at a local sports bar. I liked the job because the customers, but I didn't feel appreciated by my boss. He was negative, even during the busiest and most challenging shifts. I did my best and worked hard, but moved on when I had the opportunity. I learned that having a boss who is encouraging and motivating can make such a world of difference!"

Admin
Answer example

"I am proud to say I have never had a job I did not like. Not all jobs have been glamorous, but each one gave me experience and taught me something valuable I did not necessarily have before."

Manager
Answer example

"While going to University, I took night-job as a pick-packer in a local warehouse. The money was good, but the work was a grind! We were all timed on our productivity and could not even stop the clock for a washroom break. It felt like a sweatshop environment from the 1930's, to be honest! I look back now and am proud of myself for what I was willing to do to make a paycheck."

Marketing
Answer example

"In college, I worked at Home Depot, and the position itself was fine. The issue I had was with the return policy. We'd take anything back, even if it were a used Christmas tree after Christmas- no questions asked. It drove me nuts to see people taking advantage of a policy created with good intentions. It's important for a company to flex for their customers but there should be a line drawn, at some point."

Retail
Answer example

"I have enjoyed the jobs that I've had to date, but if I had to choose my least favorite, it would probably be serving in college. I liked the people aspect of the job and sales, but I prefer the predictability of customer base, and selling in a more professional environment."

Sales
Answer example

"My least favorite job was as an accountants assistant when I was in high school. A lot of it became mostly data entry, and it was too slow paced for me. I prefer human interaction and something that uses my brain to solve problems creatively. However, I learned a fair amount about accounting software which has proven valuable over the course of my career."

Teacher
Answer example

"My least favorite job was working a door to door magazine sales job at the end of high school. I thought I could make thousands in commission, which was not the case. Instead, I got some pretty thick skin from being yelled at and having doors slammed in my face! This thick skin is still useful in the classroom from time to time."

Chef
Answer example

"Many years ago, I worked as a waitress at a local sports bar. I liked the job because of the customers, but I didn't feel appreciated by my boss. It was discouraging because he was so negative, even during the busiest and most challenging shifts. I did my best and worked hard, but moved on when I had the opportunity. I learned that having a boss who is encouraging and motivating can make such a world of difference!"

Written by:

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.
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: 08/10/2016
Last modified on: 07/29/2018

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