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How would you describe your work ethic?

1 of 30 Common Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on December 23rd, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
How to Answer

When the interviewer asks about your work ethic, they are looking for specific examples or keywords to which they can relate. When you read the company job, posting or job description do they refer to particular company ethics? Talk about their values and how those align well with your work values.

Some characteristics you may want to use are:

- Determined/Driven
- Accountable
- Humble
- Respectful
- Dependable

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"I am a very dedicated and loyal employee. I saw on your website that you describe your company as honest, transparent and you go the extra mile for your clients. My work ethic is the same. I am honest, flexible, and come ready to work hard for my employer every day."

Admin
Answer example

"My work ethic can be described as reliable, honest, and consistent. You are welcome to speak to my references in regards to my work ethic. I am very proud of my reputation as a reliable executive assistant."

Manager
Answer example

"I am honest, dependable, and hard working. I am sure that any of my coworkers would agree. As a manager, these are the qualities that I expect from my team, in return."

Marketing
Answer example

"I would describe myself as excited to learn, driven towards growth, and someone who executes. I am certain my previous bosses and clients would concur, and I'd happily provide them as references."

Retail
Answer example

"I see myself as driven, dependable, and loyal. I always have my eye on the prize and what I want to achieve; I am always ready to jump into action whenever someone needs me. I stick with a company for the long term and love to grow with one organization. I believe that my managers would describe me as loyal and dependable, as well."

Sales
Answer example

"I'd describe myself as driven and goal-oriented. I love competition and am driven by it. Nonetheless, I am a team player. I never want to disappoint and will always go the extra mile both for my own goals and team ones as well."

Teacher
Answer example

"I count myself among the most dedicated teachers, not only to my students but also to my school. I am hardworking, humble, kind, and passionate. I wake up every single day excited to go to work, excited about my job, my students, my school community. I want to bring my passion, humility, and drive to light up a new room and new school, hopefully, yours."

Allergist
Answer example

"I am a very dedicated and loyal employee. I saw on your website that you describe your facility as honest, transparent and you go the extra mile for your patients. My work ethic is the same. I am honest, flexible, and come ready to work hard for my patients every day."

Health Information Technician
Answer example

"I am a very dedicated and loyal employee. I saw on your website that you describe your company as honest, transparent and you go the extra mile for your clients. My work ethic is the same. I am honest, flexible, and come ready to work hard for my employer every day."

Kitchen Manager
Answer example

"I am a very dedicated and loyal employee. I saw on your website that you describe your company as honest, transparent and you go the extra mile for your customers. My work ethic is the same. I am honest, flexible, and come ready to work hard for my employer every day."

Academic Advisor
Answer example

"I am a very dedicated and loyal employee. I saw on your website that you describe your school's culture as honest, transparent and you go the extra mile for your students. My work ethic is the same. I am honest, flexible, and come ready to work hard for my students every day."

Lineman
Answer example

"I am a very dedicated and loyal employee. I saw on your website that you describe your company as honest, transparent and you go the extra mile when it comes to safety. My work ethic is the same. I am honest, flexible, and come ready to work hard for my employer every day."

911 Dispatcher
Answer example

"In my personal life, I am a very dedicated and loyal. My work ethic is the same. I am honest, flexible, and come ready to work hard for my employer every day."

Truck Driver
Answer example

"I am a very dedicated and loyal employee. I saw on your website that you describe your company as honest, transparent and you go the extra mile for your clients, quite literally. My work ethic is the same. I am honest, flexible, and come ready to work hard for my employer every day."

Animal Shelter Worker
Answer example

"I am a very dedicated and loyal employee. I saw on your website that you describe your organization as honest, transparent with your funding, and you go the extra mile for your adoption clients. My work ethic is the same. I am honest, flexible, and come ready to work hard for my employer every day."

Animal Control Workers
Answer example

"I am a very dedicated and loyal employee. I saw on your website that you describe your organization as honest, transparent and you go the extra mile for your community. My work ethic is the same. I am honest, flexible, and come ready to work hard for my employer every day."

ABE Teacher
Answer example

"Teachers are always under close watch when it comes to work ethic and overall effort. I am honest, dependable, and hard working. I am sure that any of my coworkers would agree."

Nurse Practitioner
Answer example

"I am a very dedicated and loyal employee. I saw on your website that you describe your hospital culture as honest, transparent and you go the extra mile for your patients. My work ethic is the same. I am honest, flexible, and come ready to work hard for my patients every day."

Maintenance
Answer example

"I would describe my work ethic as 'old school.' My previous supervisors have often commented on my strong ethics and old-fashioned values. When it comes to a work motto, I often say 'Work Smart, Have Fun.' "

Bailiff
Answer example

"My supervisor would describe my work ethic as excellent. I am a hard worker who thrives on challenges and who works tireless to get the job done. I am also a committed and reliable individual who remains highly respectful and professional at all times."

Forester
Answer example

"I am a very dedicated and loyal employee. I saw on your website that you describe your company as honest, transparent and you go the extra mile for your employees. My work ethic is the same. I am honest, flexible, and come ready to work hard for my employer every day."

Ramp Agent
Answer example

"My supervisor would describe my work ethic as excellent. I am a hard worker who thrives on challenges and who works tireless to get the job done. I am also a committed and reliable professional who remains highly respectful and professional at all times."

Nuclear Medicine Technologist
Answer example

"When I arrive to work every day, I check patient charts and check in with the Nuclear Medicine Pharmacist and Physician to see what the status is on some of our long-term patients. I am consistent and thoughtful about the care I provide my patients. I am also very strict about details and maintaining patient records."

Court Clerk
Answer example

"I am a very dedicated and loyal employee. I saw on your website that you describe your vision as honest, transparent and you go the extra mile for your clients. My work ethic is the same. I am honest, flexible, and come ready to work hard for my employer every day."

Dishwasher
Answer example

"I am a very dedicated and loyal employee. I saw on your website that you describe your company as honest, transparent and you go the extra mile for your patrons. My work ethic is the same. I am honest, flexible, and come ready to work hard for my employer every day."

Model
Answer example

"I am a very dedicated and loyal model. I saw on your website that you describe your agency as honest, transparent and you go the extra mile for your clients and models. My work ethic is the same. I am honest, flexible, and come ready to work hard for every client."

Veterinarian School
Answer example

"I think if you were to ask my previous employer to describe my work ethic she would say that I was motivated and keen to learn and progress my skills and experience. I was always asking for additional learning and development, not because I was struggling, but because I like to enrich my knowledge and learn and grow within my role."

Warehouse Clerk
Answer example

"When a product is labeled in our system as back ordered, the first thing I do is call the vendor to ensure that the coding is correct. I will ask them to triple check and then give me a firm date when the item is back in stock. I will also call our other locations to see if they have any remaining product they could ship to my location. If the item is truly out, I will work with my customer on finding a comparable product."

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
First written on: 06/08/2015
Last modified on: 12/23/2018

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How would you describe your work ethic?
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I'm organised. I prioritise well. I am helpful, and will be involved hands on.
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Strict and persistent, I am also working toward a goal and am always looking to improve not only my physical state but my mentality as well.
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One who goes down with the ship. I believe that you give 8 hours work for 8 hours pay. That no matter what others are doing, you have to stay true to yourself and do the best you can. To go above and beyond what is expected of you. That at the end of the day, you have to look at yourself honestly, look at what you did and be able to say that you did your best.
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If my task is incomplete then I will not get sleep you know why my task is incomplete as I said you that I am responsible person in the organisation.
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Good, I make sure I get done what needs to get done, do what I am asked of.
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Work: lots to do ethic: wtf.
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I work hard in order to acheive a good outcome but also understand the need to get things done in a time limit sometimes. I like to balance the importance of perfection and timeliness in order to acheive an optimal result.
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I would describe my work ethic as determined.
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Committed, driven, self motivated with a friendly yet professional persona.
10.
My work ethic leans toward values in society, wheras I put thought and consideration into what I do. I believe in promptness, honesty, and standing behind my work 110%. I'm very dedicated, work well with animals and others and complete all tasks that are given to me with enthusiasm and hard work.
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I am most proud of my work ethic. I had my first job delivering newspapers when I was 12 years old. Being punchtial and reliable is very important and I have little tolerance for those who arent.
12.
As I was not fnished my task I wil not get sleep.
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I would describe my work ethic as a good citizen who is always there to help others and to respect others. I would like to be treated as how others would treat me. I am a hard working person who enjoys being with others.
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I am extremely reliable I hate eing late to work, I am hardly sick and love being at work.
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Work ethics whic I am going to follow should be working wiyh resposibilty, working with full dedication along with descipline and giving respect to each and every single employee of the company.
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I am a Teamworker, responsible, and emphasise on quality.
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I am an honest and sincere individual and I do not like to ‘Boss around’ to make my presence felt.
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I always get my job done. I never try to mess around.
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Punctual to work, being passion in your work and devoting your time and energy in the development of organization.
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I am patient, hardworking, and friendly.
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I strive for excellence in my work and hence give my best at every task assigned to me. Honesty and integrity also play a major role in how I work.
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I am a very determined and hard-working individual who strives for the best outcome and quality of work.
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I think I'm a professional witch like doing everything by the book according with company polici.
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You have to be responsible of your work, quality in the work you do and team work is important.
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Hard worker gets the job done works well with others.
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