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If you have problems or complaints with your current job, why haven't you brought it to their attention?

"If you have problems or complaints with your current job, why haven't you brought it to their attention?"

If the interviewer knows you have complaints about your current job, then they might ask you this question.  Make sure the complaints are things that do not make you look bad.  For example, having no opportunities is a good complaint, but not getting a good raise is a bad complaint.  After you decide on the complaint, then you can create your answer around it.  It is better to answer that you did bring this up multiple times.  That way, you are displayed as honest.

Short Answers

"I actually told my manager several times.  I told him about my desire to learn new things and take on new challenges, but there aren't many opportunities in my current group."

"I believe in being straightforward, and I told my manager on numerous occasion that I was interested in taking on more responsibilities.  However, my current group doesn't have opportunities I'm looking for."

"After working the night shift for a couple of years, I wanted normal working hours.  I told my manager about this, but there was no positions available for regular hour shifts."

Long Answer

"My biggest complaint is that there are no opportunities to grow.  My manager tells me I'm doing great work, but I feel I am stuck at this level.  I spoke with my manager for more work so I can grow and gain more experience, but unfortunately, there isn't any work to give.  I even had a discussion about changing roles, but because there is no open headcount in other divisions, it was hard to do that.  So I definitely conveyed my desire for more work or for change, but it was something they couldn't provide."

Having an employee that complains about a lot of things is an employee you do not want to hire.  However, if an employee complains about not having enough work, it could be seen as a good complaint.  Most work places have more work than resources, so giving more work isn't a problem.  So this complaint shows that you are a person who wants to work and wants to learn.  These are good traits and that makes this answer a good one.

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