Interesting Interview Question: If You Could Start Your Last Job Over, What Would You Do Differently?
In our last Interview QA post, we discussed how to answer questions about what you would do differently in your life. To review:
- Focus on your professional life.
- Don’t give an answer that they can hold against you.
Rather than what you would do differently in life, you may be asked something more specific, such as “What do you wish you did differently at your last job?” Even though the question is more specific, the same answer types apply:
- You can talk about education.
- You can say you would not change anything.
Ideally, though, you should take this opportunity to talk about education. Use the same tactics as described in the previous article, but rather than talk about college, mention the classes the company offered, or the classes you noticed were available when not in the office.
“I wish I didn’t work there in the first place. It was not a pleasant environment. I also wish I didn’t try to flirt with my boss. When their partner found out, we were in a lot of trouble.”
“I wish I had taken advantage of some of the classes and conferences the company offered to pay for. At the time I wanted to keep my focus on the work, but I feel like I missed out on several potential learning opportunities.”
This is a respectable and real answer. If the company didn’t offer any trainings or paid classes, you can say that you wish you had taken your time away from work to study various things of your own (as related to your job, but not tasks that the new job needs you to do).
Take Away Interview Tips
- Don’t give the interviewer any ammo to use against you.
- Focus on something the interviewer will respect, that doesn’t speak poorly of your abilities.
- Don’t say you wish you took classes on something that directly relates to your ability to do the job you are interviewing for.