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What did you most enjoy about your last job?

The interviewer is seeking to identify what it is that you most enjoy about the work you currently do so as to help them gauge to what degree you’re likely to enjoy this new position.  It’s another way in which they can spot any potential incompatibilities between you and this new job – or indeed for them to reinforce their opinion that you are indeed a good match for the job.

Your answer:

Your favourite part of your current job might well be receiving your salary at the end of each month but that’s definitely not going to make for a good answer!

Earlier in this book, we’ve already had the question, “What does your current job involve on a day-to-day basis?” and my advice was for you to focus on areas of your current job which most closely match the job for which you are now applying.  My advice is similar for this question.  In choosing which aspects of your job to tell them you most enjoy, you need to try to select aspects which will lead the interviewer to believe that you will also enjoy – and therefore perform well in – this new job.

What are the most important tasks/duties/responsibilities that your current job has in common which this vacancy?  Whatever they are, that’s where you need to focus attention.

There’s no harm is starting your answer with a general statement to the effect that you enjoy most aspects of your job but you then need to go on to give some specific examples which will help to support your case for being an ideal fit for this new job.

How you answer this question will give the employer some insight into how well you are going to fit into their corporate culture. Interests correlate directly to work performance so talk about the things you enjoyed which are relevant to the position.

Question: Why didn’t you like your last job?
Answer No. 1:
“I didn’t have enough challenges. After a while, all the projects became repetitive. I thrive on challenge.”

Question: What did you like least about your last job?
Answer No. 2:
“Lack of stability. After three company acquisitions, I had five bosses in three years. I couldn’t take it any longer. What I am looking for is stability in a job and company.”

Question: What was the worst part about your last job?
Answer No. 3:
“In my last job, my boss was overbearing and wouldn’t let me do my job. If she didn’t like the way I was doing something, she’d criticize me.”

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