Interview 33: Describe Your Work Style

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…

When a hiring manager asks you questions about your work style, what they are really asking is how well you would fit in with the company culture and the job itself. While it may seem as if the employer is trying to determine whether or not you are a hard worker, they are often trying to decide whether you are a team player. If you are not, are you willing to adapt and partake in collaborative initiatives as the job demands. They are also using this information to determine how well you value the employee and employer relationship. Any answer you give needs to be carefully thought out to showcase your abilities to work independently and with others.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • How would you describe yourself as a worker?
  • What are your work habits?
  • How do you think your work habits contribute to your work style? What is the difference?

Guideline

Read the following text with your tutor. 

Points to Emphasize

When answering the question, your ability to articulate your work style takes center stage.

  • Be sure to let the interviewer know if you enjoy working alone or on a team.
  • Let the hiring manager know how you respond to feedback and criticism.
  • Emphasize any collaborative and independent work skills you have that pertain to the role you are applying for.
  • Any skills and abilities you have need to be stated in straightforward fashion.

Highlight any skills that are relevant to the question that portrays you as the best candidate for the job.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • Pick five of your skills that you think are most relevant to this job?
  • How do these skills factor into your working style?
  • How do you think your work style makes you uniquely qualified for this job?

Guideline

Read the following text with your tutor. 

Mistakes You Should Avoid

How well you explain your collaborative and independent abilities showcases your ability to think and communicate about yourself. To avoid answering this question the wrong way, prepare yourself before your interview. Avoid saying things like:

  • I prefer to work alone.
  • I’m a hard worker with good communication skills.
  • I go above and beyond to meet and exceed all work goals.
  • While I don’t prefer to work with others, I can and will do so as needed.

Hiring personnel want to see creativity, self-expression and honesty in your answers. Don’t over or undersell your abilities. Be truthful, thoughtful and prepared to describe your work style in a smart way to showcase how well you’d mesh with the job and work environment.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • Write down one positive thing you could say about your negative work habits (ex. if you take a long time to complete a task, you might be detail-oriented)
  • Think of the ways your work habits have improved over the years. What strategies did you use to become a better employee?
  • Bring the question back to your attributes; what is it about your work style that makes you the best candidate for the job?

Guideline

Read the following text with your tutor. 

Sample Answer

A great response to use for a tough work style question is:

“I am able to adapt to any workplace. I try to maintain a fast pace during my work shift to remain focused while completing my tasks. I strive to be efficient and strive to ensure all work is completed properly and without error. I work well on my own, but am more than happy to work with others for collaborations or team-based projects. I take my position seriously, and am completely dedicated and driven to succeed.”

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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