What Academic Courses Did You Like the Most/Least?
When you obtain a degree, you are forced to take a variety of courses that you may not have an interest in.
During an interview, you may have to discuss the academic courses that you like the most and least. No matter your stance before the class, you may have found that the subject was informational and interesting. But on the other hand, I can think of some classes that downright stunk!
This is an open-ended question so follow the below tips to ensure you avoid negative answers.
We would never advise you to blatantly lie in an interview. There is a difference between lying and strategically aligning your answers with the requirements of the position. No harm is done if you state that you recollect enjoying the classes that require relatable skills. Ideally, you have a degree that relates to your desired industry. If not, you may have to do a little stretching, but this question does not have one right answer.
See our article regarding the interview question Why Did You Choose Your Major?
Make sure you study the Job Requirements before your interview. This will provide you the resources you need to create your ideal answer relating to classes you have taken. Explain how the challenges in certain classes made you better personally and professionally.
Although this question asks for courses you like the least, you can still answer positively. Make sure your answer involves courses that do not relate to the position whatsoever.
You want the hiring manager to know that you are passionate about the opportunity and won’t quit out of boredom. As you explain why you did not like a particular class, focus on the subject specifically. Not having an interest in a particular subject is perfectly normal.
Do NOT blame a professor for a certain grade or claim they were boring… This will most likely portray you as a negative person.
Make the connection
A great strategy is to follow up by asking the interviewer what courses they had an interest in. That way you can expand on different courses and experiences you both have. Anything you can do to leave a positive impression on the hiring manager will help separate you from other candidates. By connecting your coursework to the skills required, you are emphasizing your qualifications. This should be done with as many questions as possible throughout your interview. Keep it positive and get the job! We know it is easier said than done!
As a business student, I really enjoyed the many management courses I was able to take. I met a lot of great people and learned many skills that I use in my profession. I specifically found a passion for operations management and have never looked back. Because of this, I feel I would be a great fit for your management team and this company as a whole.
As far as classes I didn’t like, one jumps out immediately. I had a film class that was a night course and 3 hours long. We watched black and white movies during each class and at first, I felt it was a waste of time. I then gave in and paid attention and realized they were all pretty great movies! By the end of the course, I realized it was one of my favorite classes of the semester.