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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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What is your philosophy towards work?

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    What is your philosophy towards work?

      How to Answer

      How you view work, and your career, will be a huge factor for the interviewer when determining your fit with their organization. Just like a company will have a value and mission statement, so should you. Your philosophy can be a quote that resonates with you or a list of values that are important to you. Be sure that your belief aligns nicely with the goals of the interviewing company. Be brief. The interviewer is not looking for a dramatic monologue.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am tenacious and an eager learner. My philosophy is that there is always room to learn and that mistakes are teaching opportunities, not failures."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "My philosophy in life, and in work, is to treat others with respect at all times. It's pretty simple! I approach clients with kindness; I deliver my work when I say that I will, and I am an active listener."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "I like to let my team dream, feel involved, and approach me with their ideas. You could say my work philosophy is one that allows for brainstorming and encourages the creative use of resources."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "My favorite quote by Aristotle is "Pleasure in the job puts perfection in work." This quote sums up my work philosophy perfectly."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "I read your company's philosophy, and it very much aligns with my attitude towards my work. I want my customers to feel like we know each other and that our store is like home to them. Nobody is a stranger unless you treat them as such."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "My philosophy is "Relationship above all else." If I have a stable relationship with my client, I can maximize my sales opportunity while also maximizing the ways they benefit from my products and services."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview

      "Funny enough my inspiration for my work philosophy, as an educator, comes from George Clooney. He once said that "Failures are infinitely more instructive than successes." I have this saying posted in my classroom to encourage my students when they make mistakes. We all make mistakes, but it's whether we learn from them that is important."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Power Plant Operator Interview

      "My philosophy, when it comes to work, is to do my best every single day. Never procrastinate and always approach a challenge with an open mind. This mentality has certainly helped me work my way through many challenges in the workplace."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Home Health Aide Interview

      "My philosophy towards work is that if you choose a career you love, it will never feel like work. I chose this career because it left me feeling whole, even after a busy day. People rely on me, and I am able to help them to live a life with dignity."

      Sue's Answer for a Landscape Architect Interview

      "Inarguably, a landscape architect has to be creative, insightful, and aesthetically sound. Apart from this, it is important to possess exceptional skills in determining clients' needs and requirements, effectively manage plan development activities, and have the capacity to oversee design plans in an efficient and timely manner."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Bailiff Interview

      "I take my work seriously and am committed to performing to be best of my ability. The company's success is my success. I also value respect and as such, am extremely respectful toward all clients and every single individual at the company."

      Audra's Answer for an Elementary Teacher Interview

      "I'm very dedicated to helping children. In a sense, I see them as my own because they and their parents trust me to do what's best for them and teach them what they need to become functioning adults. When I'm there with them in the classroom, they have my complete and undivided attention. I focus on their needs and take care of them. Then, to recharge myself and stay balanced, when I get out of work, I spend some time taking care of myself; I make sure that I have what it takes to be my best for them."

      Heather's Answer for a Bacteriologist Interview

      "My philosophy, when it comes to work, is to do my best every single day. I never procrastinate and always approach a challenge with an open mind. My motto has certainly helped me work my way through many challenges in the workplace."

      Sue's Answer for an Architectural Drafter Interview

      "Work is a very important part of my life. I enjoy being part of something bigger, working on things that can change something in this world. Now, while I am still young and do not have my own family yet, this feeling helps me to see meaningful purpose in my life . To sum it up, works means a lot to me, and if I get this excellent job with you, you can be sure I will try my best in work day in day out."

      Emma's Answer for an Accounting Professor Interview

      "My work philosophy is greatly influenced by problem-solving and relationship building. I truly believe that teaching is about communicating effectively with students, building relationships with them, and helping them to solve problems and work through barriers to succeed in school and professionally. This guides me every day in my work as a professor."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Summer Law Clerk Interview

      "I take my work seriously and am committed to performing to be best of my ability. The firm's success is my success. I also value respect and as such, am extremely respectful toward all clients and every single individual at the firm."

      Heather's Answer for an Alcohol and Drug Counselor Interview

      "My philosophy​ towards work is that it's important to take on new challenges, and activities that make you grown and learn on a regular basis. Also, it's important to give back, in and outside of the workplace."

      Allison's Answer for an Engineer Interview

      "I strive to complete my work with integrity. To me, that means finishing what I say I will do when I say I will do it, and also taking the time to do the job well. Sometimes, this means working overtime, but I often find that if I am efficient and stay focused I can complete my work during the normal work day. How would you describe this company's work culture?"

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Communications Manager Interview

      "My favorite quote by Aristotle is 'Pleasure in the job puts perfection in work.' This quote sums up my work philosophy perfectly since myself and my team perform the best when we are passionate about the work we are doing."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Do a job you love, and you'll never work a day in your life!"

      Rachelle's Answer

      Good!

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