500 Questions: Your Work Style, Part Three

How do you handle change?

You want to indicate that you handle change very well. Business is about change. In order to remain competitive, we have to adapt to changes in technology, personnel, leadership, business structure, the types of services we deliver and even the products we produce.

How do you go about making important decisions?

Shade your answer to match the company you are interviewing with. Think in terms of the interviewer’s main concerns. Will you need to be analytical? Creative? Willing to call on the expertise of others? Take this opportunity to convince the interviewer that your relationship skills have made you management material.

Are you detail-oriented?

Be prepared to describe a project that required great attention to detail in order to demonstrate your experience and expertise in this area. Emphasize that although you are capable of managing the details, you never lose sight of the big picture.

Tell me about the way you work.

Consider your skills and how you use them in your job. Offer specific instances of your professional character, and ability to see projects through to completion.

Are you organized?

Yes. Talk in detail about the organizational skills that you have developed, including time management, needs assessment, delegation and how those skills have made you more effective.

How do you react when something goes wrong with a project?

Dealing with project delays, critical timelines, and setbacks are reflective of project management and problem-solving skills. The interviewer is trying to determine if you can deal with problems effectively. Confirm your ability to make the best of challenging situations such as this.

Is there a specific type of person you work better with than others?

This could be a trick question that could reveal your own prejudices in the workplace. Be careful when you answer this and explain that you get along with many different types of people.

Do you work well under pressure?

Naturally everyone will say “yes” to this question. It will be best to provide examples that support your claims. Be sure to choose anecdotes that don’t imply that the pressure you have faced has resulted from your own procrastination or failure to anticipate problems.

Do you like working in large groups?

Today’s employers work around teams and projects, therefore it is critical that they hire people who can work together. Talk about your team-building strengths and give examples if they are available.

Is there anyone you just don’t get along with?

Regardless of what you really feel, express that you do you best to get along with everyone. The interviewer may be seeking to see if you are a team player or a loner. If pressed, try to focus your answer on anyone that does not meet professional standards, i.e. people who are not focused on their work tend to make you frustrated.

Tell me about your positive attributes? What are some of your bad habits?

Focus your answer on positive habits that showcase your character strengths. If you mention any negative habits, turn them around with a positive spin. Discuss attributes that will set you apart from the other candidates for the position.

Do you like working alone or in a team environment?

Since it is likely that at sometime you may be asked to work both ways, stress your flexibility and responsibility and offer examples of how you have fulfilled both roles. Depending on the position, you may need to work without supervision or as part of a team. Since a future employer may want to know if they can fulfill your work environment needs, lean your answer to this question in the direction of your preference. If you like both working alone and with others include that in your answer.