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Can you tell me what you enjoy about your current job?
Alternative and related questions:
What do you like about your current job?
What do you find most satisfying about your current job?
The meaning behind the question:
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 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.
That's a difficult question – because there's a lot I like about my current job. I want to move on because I'm looking for a new and greater challenge – not because I dislike my current job. But to tell you what I enjoy most about it, I'd say that I enjoy giving direct support to senior management in a way that really makes a difference. The contribution I make is vital to their ability to make key financial decisions which ultimately influence the overall success of the business. I enjoy the challenge; I enjoy the responsibility and I enjoy the methodical and precise approach which is necessary for me to deliver the information the management rely upon.
Word of warning:
Steer clear of aspects which are irrelevant to the job for which you are now applying. They won't help to support your case; they'll only risk damaging it.
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More interview questions and answers
Talking about your current employment
- Can you tell me what you enjoy about your current job?
- What will you remember most about your last job?
- Is this the first time you have made an effort to move away from your current employers?
- How do you feel about the possibility of leaving your current job?
- How would you describe your current employer?
Talking about this vacancy
- Wouldn’t you be better suited to working in a larger/smaller organisation?
- How do you feel this vacancy differs from your current role?
- What reservations do you have about your ability to undertake this job?
- Can you describe your ideal working environment to me?
- How do you feel we compare to our competitors?
- What would you say is our Unique Selling Point?
- What would be your analysis of the current trends in our industry/sector?
Understanding your career path, plans and ambitions
- What aspects of your career path would you like to have been different?
- What are your greatest regrets about the path your career has taken?
- What has been the greatest challenge you have faced in your career to date?
- What do you think are your main career options for the next five years?
- What exactly does the word ‘success’ mean to you?
Addressing problems in your career history
- Why did you only stay with this organisation for such a short time?
- Why did you stay with this organisation for such a long time?
Coping with stress and pressure
- Are you able to multitask?
- Can you juggle a number of different projects simultaneously?
- How do you handle rejection/disappointment/failure?
- How do you deal with interpersonal conflict?
- What does tact and diplomacy mean to you?
- What makes for a successful team?
Management and leadership
- Would you describe yourself as a good manager?
- Do you really think you’re management material?
- What is your attitude to delegation?
- Can you give me an example of a time when you had to lead from the front?
- Have you ever had to fire or lay off a member of your staff?
- How would you describe your ideal team member?
Personal and professional development
- In what ways do you intend to improve upon your performance?
- How has your current job prepared you for greater challenges/responsibility?
Interests and activities
- What book are you reading at the moment?
- What newspaper do you take?
- Are you interested in current affairs?
The amateur psychiatrist
- If you won the lottery what would you do?
- Can you tell me about the best teacher you ever had?
- If you could meet any historical figure, who would it be and why?
- What are you most afraid of?
Money, money, money
- Why aren’t you earning more?
- How much do you think you are really worth?
- How much does money matter to you?
- Would you still be interested in this job if you current employer offered a pay rise?
- Have you ever had to take a pay cut to keep your job?
- Have you ever asked for but been refused a pay rise?
Author: James Innes