What’s the game behind this one?
The answer is if you dive directly into your dislikes. If your dislikes seem petty or immature or involve interpersonal relationships with people, this is a signal to them that you might be a problem hire, that what they’re doing is transporting someone else’s issue into their organization and that you’re going to be a problem in theirs.
If you’re able to talk about the choice here, always start with the likes and focus on quality situations.
“I like the people in the organization. I think there’s a lot that I’ve learned there. I enjoy my boss.” Notice, 3 of them. You were very positive.
You can then talk about some of the issues that you have. “I am always seen in my reviews as being a positive force in my group and my work is exemplary. I’ve gotten great reviews every time, but I’m not going anywhere. I am just locked into this one part of the organization and there is no upside for me. Recognition doesn’t always translate into money here.”
Do you see where I am going here? There is nothing about the interpersonal relationships here because you never want to suggest as though, “ I dislike people. I dislike these people. We argue all the time.”
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