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Rachelle Enns is an interview coach and job search expert. She works with candidates to perform their best in employment, medical, and post-secondary admission interviews.

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How would you ultimately describe your work style?

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    How would you ultimately describe your work style?

      How to Answer

      This question is not referring to your personality or character, but more towards your methodology when it comes to getting your work done. Talk to the interviewer about your day-to-day approach to projects, communicating with coworkers, or collaborating with clients.

      Your work style might be:

      - Collaborative
      - Well-Planned
      - Speedy
      - Flexible or Adaptive
      - Independent
      - Company-focused
      - Team-based

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I would describe my work style as highly team-based. I keep in mind that my pace, quality of work, and the outcome will always affect multiple people on my team. If I am unsure of the path to take on a project, I will consult with my team to ensure that my ideas align well with theirs."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "I have a well-planned and highly mapped out working style. Before I leave work for the day, I ensure that my following day is good to go! I like to come to work in the morning feeling organized, and in control. Being an administrative assistant, this level of preparedness is always welcome by my employer."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "You could describe my work style as highly collaborative. It's cheesy, but I do believe that there is no "I" in "team" and I lead my department with that mantra in mind. Everyone's roles matter and so I make decisions based on the good of the group, and never with only myself in mind."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "I describe my work style as speedy! My marketing director calls me "Speedy Gonzales" because I am the fastest content writer in all of Denver! Jokes aside, I deliver quick work and am always accurate."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "I have an adaptive work style that changes based on the customers that I am serving at the time. I like to work with my customers' personalities and needs. If they are the no-nonsense, busy corporate type, then I speed up my work. If they are elderly and need more time, I slow down to explain everything they need to make a decision."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "My work style is best described as independent. Once I understand the goal in mind, I am ready to take on all aspects of the project on my own. I take feedback well, of course. I am great with using the resources given to me to make deals happen."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview

      "I am very focused on the overall picture when I am working. As an educator, I try not to become hung up on the tiny details, but rather the blanket success of a lesson plan, a student's general improvement, or the big picture result."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Business Analyst Interview

      "I would describe my work style as highly team-based. I keep in mind that my pace, quality of work, and outcome will always affect multiple people on my team. If I am unsure of the path to take on a project, I will consult with my team to ensure that my ideas align well with theirs."

      Heather's Answer for a Pharmaceutical Sales Interview


      Audra's Answer for a Paraprofessional Educator Interview

      "My teaching style is warm and demanding. I strive to be approachable and to foster an environment where mistakes can be made and growth is celebrated, but I also have high expectations of my students. While they are in my care, I want to challenge them and push them to meet their goals, while celebrating their successes and encouraging them. I value the existence of love and high expectations in the classrooms I work in."

      Clara's Answer for a Middle School Teacher Interview

      "My teaching style follows the 'Warm/Strict' methodology in that I maintain a consistent balance of kind, empathetic approachability with firm and predictable boundaries. I believe that young learners thrive best in an environment that meets them where they're at while stillguaranteeing reliable structure and routine."

      Ryan's Answer for an Event Planner Interview

      "I am intentional about how I plan my work week and with how I spend my time at work. I usually spend my Sunday evenings and mornings structuring my week and confirming deadlines, meetings and luncheons. I also prioritize my time with the team. Our meetings are pretty structured, following an agenda and using time efficiently. I like to have fun with the team at work as well, but I typically keep my work hours focused on work so that I can have fun at happy hours after work."

      Ryan's Answer for a Preschool Teacher Interview

      "I believe that the learning environment should be child-centered with the teacher acting as an encourager, guide, and coach. It seems that these are values you appreciate at your school, as well. Does my teaching style seem to be a fit for your center?"

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I like to get a clear plan together before I start to ensure that I reach a set goal by a specific date. I then want to break it down to a task list, setting weekly goals. I note what is expected of me in terms of deliverables, deadlines, and meetings, so I'm on track, also, if there is someone else depending on getting completed work from me."

      Rachelle's Answer

      You give the interviewer a very clear idea of your work style. Well done.

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