“I smash quotas, get along great with my fellow coworkers, and will work long hours until the job gets done!”
Sounds cheesy, right? But we can guarantee that the people you are competing against will say something along those lines. And to be honest, hiring managers love that kind of answer. This is why it is essential to choose your wording wisely when you describe your work style.
If you follow the below guidelines, you will crush this question and leave the hiring manager wanting more!
Keep it short and sweet
There are many ways to describe your work style and everything depends on the job description. You should pick a few specific characteristics that describe your work style and emphasize how they relate to the open position. This can be difficult as you may feel that many of your character traits apply. How do you narrow it down to be short and sweet!? The key to this question is to understand your strengths and be able to express these in a clear and precise way.
Are you organized?
Being organized is essential to your success in any position. The last thing your employer wants to hear is, “Well, my plan for the first 3 months is to just wing it. I’ll play it by ear.” Being able to express your methodical organization used in your past positions shows the employer that he would have to train you on one less thing. Although organization is great, you should also spend a few sentences explaining your ability to adapt to changes. You wouldn’t want your employer thinking you are going to be inflexible if he throws a curveball your way.
For more on staying organized before the job interview, check out Preparing For A Job Interview – What To Bring, What To Wear, & More.
Are you a team player?
If you are like most, you have probably worked with someone that you really did not like… That is just reality! Unfortunately, 95% of jobs involve collaboration with other team members so you will probably need to emphasize that you are comfortable working with others. No matter how much of an introvert you are, at least for the sake of the interview, be a team player!
It is also essential to express your ability to work alongside your supervisor. Some people are terrified to collaborate with their employer. Don’t be!
Are you dedicated?
You may not be the quickest to finish or the brightest in the bunch, but if you can show dedication, you set yourself apart from the average employee. We are not expecting you to put in 90-hour workweeks, but you must show you are willing to put in the work for a given position. Saying something along these lines will surely impress your employer. “I am willing to show up early and stay late if the job isn’t finished! I even spend a lot of my personal time at home researching our product and competitor products.”
Close the deal
No matter how you describe your work style, you shouldn’t answer this question like a robot. You should be fully convinced that if offered the job, these are the qualities you will bring to the table. Just make sure to be confident in your answers and you will have no problem with this question. Don’t second-guess yourself!
The most important part of all is to make sure you read the job description and know it like the back of your hand. This is the only way you will be able to describe your work style in a way that is relevant to the position!
Question: How would you describe your work style?
Answer: “Over the years I have had the opportunity to work with one person more than anyone else… myself. Nobody knows me better than me. I have come to realize that there are three main things I possess that make me a great employee, and coworker. 1) Organized. I plan my days very efficiently in order to get the most work done possible. However, I am also very adaptable in that I am always willing and able to stop what I am doing to focus on a higher priority task. 2) Team player. No one enjoys working with others more than me. I am always willing to help my fellow coworkers and eager to learn from my supervisors. Lastly, 3) Dedicated to my work. I take pride in the work I do and want to make sure that I do the highest quality work possible. I will work long hours, do research on my own time, and help improve this organization in any way possible.”
Congrats, you are now one step closer to landing your dream career! If you need some extra help preparing for your job interview, Find My Profession offers expert interview training that is guaranteed to help you land your dream job.