What College Subjects Did You Like Least?

Strategies for an Effective Answer

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When applying for an entry level position, you might encounter a typical job interview question about what college subjects you liked least and why. It's a necessary question because of course you don't have a lot of real work experience or job history under your belt yet. This question is really designed to see how you handle yourself--do you make valid, cogent points, or do you inadvertently say something offensive or put down a teacher.

Sample Interview Answers About Subjects You Disliked

  • The college subjects I liked least were the ones that didn't pertain to my major. Once I got rolling on my path to becoming an elementary school teacher, it was hard to study for a French exam knowing I had projects to work on that were not only essential to complete my major requirements, but were also a lot more appealing to me.
     
  • As much as I would love to be an artist, I unfortunately was not blessed with the talent. Even with the best drawing and painting professors, I was not able to perfect my ability to do either. So, I would have to say, my least favorite subjects were introduction to drawing and introduction to painting.
     
  • My least favorite college subject was math. As an English literature major, all I wanted to do was read the work of great authors and perfect my writing. I found math, more specifically linear algebra, to be a difficult class for me to participate in and prepare for, but it was a requirement, so I put my nose to the grindstone and completed the course.

    A More Strategic Approach

    Demonstrate your understanding of how disparate subjects are interconnected and show that while you might not have enjoyed a particular subject, you gleaned a deeper sense of how it can be applied to your field of interest. The subject itself might not have jazzed you, but you learned how to translate the related thinking and analysis to your field.

    For instance, in the May 2016 New York Times article "To Write Better Code, Read Virginia Woolf," the author notes that when his team, comprised mostly of people with engineering degrees, was assigned to a difficult coding project, they were stymied. But one of the first solutions came from a music major. Instead of freezing up over the combinations and permutations of code, she saw the symbols in her mind as musical notes. As such, she could determine how they could work in concert--how they could be orchestrated. Another major problem was solved by a philosophy major who had the abstract thinking skills to work with coding "pointers"--how a named thing could stand in for another unseen thing. All he had to do was draw on Nietzsche...

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