Job interview question and answer: What are your pet hates?

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Warning: don’t use this question as an opportunity to whinge and moan about every little thing that irritates you. That will only make you look negative, petty and hard to please. Instead, choose one or two things that bother you and give a good reason as to why. Your employer wants to get a feel for what your hot buttons might be, and whether they would pose any potential problems in the workplace.

Some examples of pet hates could be:

  • Inefficiency
  • Tardiness
  • Sloppiness
  • Poor spelling and grammar
  • Lack of communication
  • Laziness
  • Office politics and gossip
  • Inconsiderate or disrespectful behaviour
  • Failure to pull your own weight or take responsibility

Your response can be a good opportunity to tell the interviewer a little about yourself by highlighting your values in the workplace.

It’s always best to name behaviours, rather than the people who enact them, and to keep things impersonal and objective.

Whatever you do, don’t come across as too extreme in your aversions. Any tendency towards extreme reactions or anger could ring alarm bells in the interviewer.

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