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Job Interview Question: What Was Most / Least Rewarding?

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Interview questions about what was most rewarding and least rewarding can be tricky. You want to make sure that the things you say are least rewarding aren't responsibilities that are going to be a major part of the job you are interviewing for.

For example, if the last job you had involved extensive customer service telephone work that you hated, and if being on the phone doing something similar is even a minor part of the new job, don't mention it. Instead, focus on the tasks that were most rewarding and highlight those.

Match Your Response to the Job

When interviewing, always be cognizant of the job you are interviewing for and tailor your response accordingly. Try to accentuate the positive, regardless of what question you have been asked, because you don't want to be construed as someone who is negative about work, in general.

Make a List

Take the time to make a list of the qualifications the employer is seeking, and be sure the responsibilities you mention as most rewarding are a match.

When asked about what was least rewarding, mention something that won't be required in the new job. Again, keep it as positive as possible. You could frame it as something that was the least rewarding as compared to the most rewarding activities.

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