Interview 16: What Type of Work Environment Do You Prefer?

For the best result, make sure you have read this article and already have a write-up of your answer prior to your Cambly session. You can send a longer text to your tutor through Cambly’s messaging system.

This following content has been modified from LiveCareer. See the original article here.


Guideline

Read the following text with your tutor. 

What the Hiring Manager Is Really Asking…

With the question, “What type of work environment do you prefer?” the interviewer is wondering about your personality. They want to know that the company culture and your temperament go together well.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • What personality characteristics do you have?
  • What characteristics would fit well with the company culture?
  • How would you describe your ideal working environment?

Guideline

Read the following text with your tutor. 

Points to Emphasize

In your response, highlight positive personality traits by following these tips:

  • Prepare for the interview by understanding the company structure and culture.
  • Talk about how you an environment that lets you use your skills.
  • Emphasize how you want to work in a team.
  • Describe your work style in a way that fits with the company’s vision.
  • Be honest and confident in your response.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • What do you know about the company structure and culture?
  • What is your work style?
  • Think about how you can communicate your passion for teamwork.

Guideline

Read the following text with your tutor. 

Mistakes You Should Avoid

In your answer, avoid these common mistakes:

  • Don’t emphasize vacation time or flexible schedules.
  • Don’t focus only on the people you’ll work with.
  • Don’t ignore the company culture.
  • Don’t read off the job description.
  • Don’t be too generic or forgettable.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • How can you talk about company culture in your answer?
  • How can you put the company’s mission in your own words?
  • In what ways can you be memorable?

Guideline

Read the following text with your tutor. 

Sample Answer

Here’s an example to the question, “What type of work environment do you prefer?”:

My preferred work environment is one that is built around working as a team. It gives people the chance to use their talents. This company’s desire to grow each employee’s skills and passions was very impressive. I work well in a positive and empowering environment.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • Write the first draft of your answer with your tutor.
  • Are there any words or phrases that you are not comfortable pronouncing?
  • Now rehearse with your tutor until you are comfortable answering the question without the script.

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