Interview Question: What do you dislike about this work?

This is a similar question to the mistake question. Answering it incorrectly could be a mistake, too. Again, there's a decision to be made, and a selection of answers.

You're being asked for an opinion, which will become part of your interview record. Theoretically, it's a pretty reasonable question in many jobs, but in practice it has the ability to be a killer.

The idea is to get a decision maker for the interviewers if they need one. You've already seen a few of these questions used as checks on your consistency. Like the mistake question, this one has to be considered a potential make or break answer.

Don't panic, though. The question does have a good series of answers, perfectly honest, and OK on the interview record:

  • I can't really say I actually dislike any of the work. I've done it for years, so I don't think I can honestly say I dislike it.
  • I don't dislike it. This is what I chose as a career, after all.
  • If I disliked it, I don't think I'd be studying for my Masters in this profession.
  • I really didn't go for this job because it was something I didn't want to do. I've worked in this area before, I know it, I know what's involved.

Reasonable enough? Pretty close to what you actually think about the job?

The fact is that the question is in many ways a no-brainer. It's asked for the same reason some of the others were.

It's the pattern of these direct questions.

The panel are looking for presence of mind and content in your answers:

  • Can you think on your feet,
  • Did you prepare well for the interview,
  • Can you make your points in the face of tougher questions?

Direct questions are going for answers based on motivation, personal commitment, and how well you handle the kind of communications involved. They're often very relevant in high pressure jobs, because the job itself involves some direct contact with people who are going to ask tough questions, like the sales job.

However- Direct questions are also sales points for your interview. Answer them well, give good, professional answers, and you will score a few more points. You can use your personality with these questions, and make it clear that you're in control of your answers, and you'll get the job.