How do you describe your work style? It is one of the tougher job interview questions. Not many people stop to think about it while they are employed and your work style only comes up when there is conflict.
One of the best ways to describe your work style is to explain your work ethic and the value you will bring to the company.
To answer this question properly and explain your work ethic start by outlining your unique value proposition (UVP). Let others know what value you will be to the company and why it will be of benefit to them. To help you figure that out, we offer the following below.
Tools to help you describe your work style
How do you describe your work style? I strongly recommend the Gallup StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment. StrengthsFinder reveals talent themes inherent to how you think, act and behave.
Whether you use the StrengthsFinder assessment results or spend time reflecting on the value you bring to an organization, the key is to focus on 3 to 5 attributes and associated examples of high performance.
When you explain your work ethic be clear about the power and edge of your talent. Let them know the value you would bring to the prospective employer through past successes. Explain how it all applied to the challenges of the role for which you are interviewing.
Give specific examples
You might say, “I am known for connecting the dots on projects, for bringing people and resources together, for thinking strategically when tackling an assignment and for building strong relationships that create a trusting environment encouraging the sharing of ideas.”
Follow up with how you would handle one of the major duties of the role for which you are interviewing. Have the interviewer see you in the role through your example. You might say, “if offered the opportunity to join the company in the senior program manager role, I would [explain].”
An interview-winning answer to this question would also explain how you work with others. As you prepare to answer the question give thought to what others would say about working with you. Do you bring harmony to the team, offer innovative thoughts, enjoy digging deep into details and analysis, or see the opportunity in challenging situations through your contagious natural optimism?
Wrap up your answer in a good way
A good way to wrap up your answer would be to offer how all of what you said ties into the culture and values of the company. You’ve done your homework.
- “I have a good idea of the company culture from the company website, people I know who worked for the company, and from recruiter comments. I have a good idea that your customer focus drives the business.”
Close the deal with:
- “I am looking to join a company where hard work with a focus on creating the best customer experience through every transaction every day is valued and rewarded. I am looking for a role where I can make a difference in service delivered to the customer. That is what drives me to get up and go to work.”
The last part explains your work ethic. How you describe your work style should tell a company why and how you do the work you do.
Be honest with yourself
Yes, you want a new job or you need a job, but you deserve a job with a company that fits with your motivation, ethics, and values, allowing for a work style that is true to yourself.