Mike’s Dump

August 8, 2006

Key Interview Answers to Prep

Filed under: Work — mikesdump @ 2:21 pm

I received an email the other day from a local headhunter providing advice on how to prepare for you next interview. Their answer to a common question that caught my eye was this one:

5. What did you dislike about your last project or job?
You need to be cautious about these kinds of questions and make sure you do not end up making any negative comments. You need to turn this question into a positive one. It may be best to say that you really enjoyed many aspects of your past project, then focus on how this new project will give you the opportunity to contribute more in a particular area that is key to the position.

Umm, What!? Make sure you don’t end up making any negative comments? Doesn’t “dislike” imply they are looking for some negativity?
Let’s pretend your current position has you at your knees from “Analysis Paralysis”. If all you are after is getting the new job by all means lie through your teeth and tell them how much you love every aspect of your job. But, if you are trying to find something better and don’t want to move from one bad situation to another I would try one thing, the truth.
I don’t believe you have to slam you current/previous employer but be honest about what you like and what you don’t. If you hate the development methodology don’t say your current project manager is so non-agile that they can’t spell XP. Try, “I don’t see any opportunity to be involved in an agile project with my current employer. I have read about Extreme Programming and Scrum and I’m interested in being involved with a team like that. What type of development methodologies do you use here”?
Too much focus is put on “surviving” the interview that sometimes people loose focus that they should be trying to determine if it is a place they want to work.


1 Comment »

  1. great tip!!! i always find out this is tough question during interview.

    Comment by Tony D — September 7, 2006 @ 2:05 pm | Reply

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