A large part of understanding the needs of your clients is first understanding their company culture, and the culture that they want to achieve. The interviewer would like to know your process when it comes to onboarding and getting to know a new client. Discuss the ways you learn about an organizations' workplace culture, their values, and how they build trusting relationships.
"When I was an independent consultant, I would work with clients anywhere from a few weeks, to a few months. I developed a questionnaire which contained discovery questions surrounding how the c-suite viewed various relationships, how they reward their employees, how they approach disciplinary action, and more. I would spend time immersed in their environment, and then created a brief report based on the data as well as my direct exposure."
"I begin with a checklist, and the same one for each client no matter their industry. This checklist gives me a baseline of what I am looking for within an organization. I ask questions of the employees, and leaders, related to values, relationships, corrective action, development opportunities, and more. Also, it's important that I immerse myself in the culture so, if I have a client that I will be working with for a few months, I will spend a few days inside of their office, learning their operations first-hand."