Response: Hate is a strong word. There was one thing I did not like when I started with SSS firm. I work with various Project Managers on multiple projects. Some of them are amazing time managers while others fail to plan at the beginning of the engagement – this causes lot of avoidable stress and overtime. We cannot plan for everything, but we should plan for everything we can to avoid stress and surprises. I wished there was some kind of knowledge exchange between these efficient and not so competent managers so that the ideas can be shared. I had indirectly introduced this thought into our Managing Directors view, and he immediately arranged for ‘team sharing lunches, and in two months almost all the Managers started to implement the best practices in time management – I was commended by my MD for the idea.

Notes: Your interviewer is asking you to vent out, and if you do – subsequently you won’t get the job. It’s sort of a tricky situation – if you bitch about your current/former employer – it shows that you are a whiner, and if you say ‘you don’t have anything that you don’t like’, then you sitting in their office does not make sense. To avoid this trap – i) communicate a situation that you did not like ii) Say what you did to resolve (to the extent you could) iii) describe the outcome. It is better that you mention things that are no longer a problem and where you have directly or indirectly contributed in resolving.

Variations of this question:

  • What do you not like about this job?
  • If you could change one thing about this job – what would that be?

Trap alert: Do not mention any ‘names’ when you are faced with a ‘hate’ question. Always stick with ‘situations’.

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