Interview 19: How Would Your Boss and Coworkers Describe You?

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

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What the Hiring Manager Is Really Asking…

With the question, “How would your boss and coworkers describe you,” the hiring manager wants to know about how others would perceive you and if you’d be a good fit for the organization. They’re wondering whether you’re people-oriented and can communicate effectively.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • Think about how your boss would describe you.
  • How would your coworkers describe you?
  • What characteristics would you wish to highlight in your response?

Guideline

Read the following text with your tutor. 

Points to Emphasize

In your response, emphasize relevant positive traits and skills by following these tips:

  • Describe your communication skills in collaborating with coworkers.
  • Talk about your leadership skills and experiences.
  • Include how you manage your work-life balance.
  • Talk about your skills and attributes that are relevant to the job.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • In what ways can you emphasize your communication skills?
  • What leadership skills and experiences could you share?
  • How do you manage a work-life balance?

Guideline

Read the following text with your tutor. 

Mistakes You Should Avoid

Avoid these common mistakes in your response:

  • Don’t spend too much time on irrelevant experiences.
  • Don’t be too vague about your experiences.
  • Don’t lose a professional tone and attitude in your answer.
  • Don’t say something that makes them question your credibility.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • Are your examples relevant to the position?
  • Do your examples include enough relevant detail?
  • Does your answer maintain your credibility and honesty?

Guideline

Read the following text with your tutor. 

Sample Answer

Here’s a good example response to the question, “How would your boss and coworkers describe you?”:

“My coworkers would say I’m consistent in pursuing my goals. When I worked as a program director, I experienced rejection. Yet I didn’t let that rejection get me down or take me away from achieving my goals. I use that strength for all my projects and work.”

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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