What reservations do you have about working for us?

  | James Innes

What reservations do you have about working for us?

Alternative and related questions:

Can you see any disadvantages to working for us?
Have you ever heard anything negative about our organisation?

The meaning behind the question:

The interviewer is laying a trap for you here. By assessing what reservations you might have about their organisation, they can gauge how much the position really appeals to you. If the interviewer can identify you as having any concerns or reservations about working for their organisation then they’re immediately going to have concerns themselves as to your commitment to wanting to work for them.

Your answer:

There’s only one way to answer this question: You don’t have any reservations. And then go on to explain why you don’t have any reservations – or, more specifically, to reiterate what it is that attracts you to this organisation.

If you do have any reservations – or have heard bad things about the organisation – then you should certainly keep this to yourself – but you should also be asking yourself why you would want to be working for this organisation if you have such concerns.

I know some readers will feel that it is only natural to have some doubts about a potential employer and that it is therefore reasonable to bring these up at interview, albeit in a polite and positive manner. I can see where you’re coming from on this – but if you do take this path then be warned that you are treading on very thin ice. I would vote very much in favour of side-stepping this question.


I don’t have any reservations. I’ve done my research and considered the matter in detail and I have concluded that this is an excellent opportunity – and one which I am eager to pursue. Yours is a rapidly growing and dynamic organisation and I am sure I will fit in well here.

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