Common Interview Question – Describe the Best Job You Have Had
There is no better way for an employer to find out what kind of employee you are like than by asking you about your previous jobs. What you did in relation to the company, how you felt about the company – all of these tell the employer a great deal about what kind of a worker you are like. One of the more interesting ways to ask about previous employers is to find out what you consider to be the best job you have held in the past.
How to Answer:
You can, if you want, simply describe the best job you have had. Choosing a few great descriptive words will get you some points with the interviewer. Yet this is the perfect opportunity to make yourself look even better for the role. See if you can craft an answer that satisfies all of the following:
- Related Jobs – Pick a job is related to the job to which you are applying. This will give you an opportunity to discuss some of the qualifications you have for the current job.
- Tailored Answer – Based on what you know about the culture of the employer, see if you can discuss qualities in your previous job that are valued in the current one.
- Achievements, Tasks – This is not an opportunity to talk about how much you loved your supervisor. Rather, it is a great opportunity to tell the company how much you loved the work you did (using specifics).
- Previous Employer (optional) – If you can, try to talk about your last job. Companies are more likely to hire someone that didn’t leave their last job in spite. Only do this though if it is also satisfies the criteria above.
Talking about the job you held as a waiter/waitress in high school can still get you some points, but you can actually improve your chances of landing the job if you use this question as an opportunity to discuss qualities of interest to the employer.
“I think my favorite job was when I was working at McDonalds back in high school. My boss was really nice and the work was really easy. The customers would also be very friendly if I was friendly back to them, which made it really rewarding.”
This is not truly a “bad” answer, but you will notice that it does nothing to improve your chances of getting the job, unless you are interviewing with Burger King.
“My last job as a Marketing Associate at Sales Tech was easily my favorite job. Not only did I learn a great deal about campaign management and strategy, I also had an opportunity to utilize my own creative ideas, monitor their progress, and adapt the tactics until we reached our goals. It made coming into work every day rewarding, enhancing my love for the field and providing me with insight into today’s market. “
This answer discusses some of the roles you took on at your previous employer that are presumably relevant for the current employer, unlike the other answer which does nothing to improve your standing.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Take advantage of this question.
- Adapt your answer to fit the job you are interviewing for.
- Try to choose a job relevant to the position.