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How would a coworker or a close friend describe you?

1 of 25 Entry Level Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated January 22nd, 2019 | 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

You may be carefree and fun-loving with your friends on the weekends, but at work, you are focused and professional. The interviewer is interested in your personality and how you will fit with the team.

As you prepare for this question, picture a few scenarios that have occurred in your current or previous position. Maybe you are encouraging and motivating to your coworkers when they are having a bad day. If you have proven yourself reliable and someone that people can depend on, be sure to mention that! Think about some of the qualities you enjoy in a coworker and share how you think you embody some of those qualities.

Here is a list of descriptive words for you to lean on:

- Ambitious
- Capable
- Eager
- Generous
- Intelligent
- Keen
- Mature
- Outgoing
- Quick-learner
- Self-assured
- Willing

Professional Answer Examples
Answer example

"I believe my coworkers would describe me as dedicated, trustworthy and kind. When you call my references, I strongly believe that they will say the same things about me. I am a proud employee and promise to be a great first impression for your company."

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"I am mature beyond my years, which is a trait of which my coworkers and current supervisor often comment. I can see all sides of a story, and the wisdom to avoid jumping into a situation without gathering all of the required information first."

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"I have made some solid friendships through my time in University, and I believe that my fellow marketing students and friends would describe me as inventive, productive, and inspired. I also take risks in my projects, but I make sure that they are well-researched and calculated risks."

Answer example

"My best friend laughs at me often, because I am 'old-fashioned polite,' as she calls it. She thinks I came from an entirely different generation. I was raised to refer to my elders as Mr. and Mrs, and to always make eye contact, say thank you, and hold the door for strangers. I would also describe myself as thoughtful, and eager to help. I see all of these qualities as excellent characteristics to have when working in a customer-service oriented job."

Answer example

"My current coworkers often comment on my level of confidence, and willingness to jump into a learning situation. I believe they would say that I am keen, a quick learner, and confident. I believe these to be excellent qualities for a sales professional to have."

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"My friends know that I am outgoing, and always willing to speak to a crowd of people. While earning my degree, most students would dread oral presentations, but I would thrive on those types of assignments. I am also a creative problem-solver and willing to put in the extra effort needed to help someone succeed."

Pharmacy Technician
Answer example

"My coworkers have consistently said that I am easy to work with because of my pleasant attitude and my ability to work as a team. I pride myself on being positive at work and this tends to radiate to those that I work closely with."

Answer example

"To those who are unfamiliar with veterinary medicine, this may seem like an odd statement, but caring for family members often requires as much patience as caring for their pets. They are naturally afraid of a possible difficult outcome. I always try to speak kindly and offer time to answer questions. While every day does not offer as much free time as others, a few minutes can often make a big difference to a concerned family member."

Psychiatric Technicians
Answer example

"My co-workers would describe me as being attentive to patients, knowledgeable and empathetic."

Physical Therapist
Answer example

"My co-workers would describe me as a patient-focused Physical Therapist that puts the needs of my patients first and foremost. With my current employer, I received the 'Patient Care Excellence' award last year based on survey data from my patients and that is the proudest achievement of my career."

Substance Abuse Counselor
Answer example

"My co-workers would describe me as being reliable, knowledgeable and empathetic to my patients."

XRay Technician
Answer example

"My co-workers would say I'm flexible and willing to cover shifts. I have a positive attitude. I think they would also say I'm careful and focused to get the job done right the first time."

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"My coworkers would describe me as collaborative, willing to help, and technically savvy. I am advanced in these areas and look forward to taking these skills to work for your organization."

Answer example

"My coworkers say I'm easy to work with because I have a good attitude, even when I have a heavy workload."

Medical Laboratory Technician
Answer example

"Preventing contamination is one of the most important jobs of a medical laboratory technician. I follow all set safety and sanitization protocols before, during and after each test procedure. By doing this, I am doing my part to help prevent contamination."

Medical Receptionist
Answer example

"Creative, well-liked, dependable, always willing to help out and knowledgeable."

Critical Care Nurse
Answer example

"Critical care seems to be a world of its own sometimes. We take care of some of the most fragile patients. I believe that someone who works in this specialty needs to be very compassionate and know how to exercise patience."

Answer example

"Yes, I do feel like I am capable of being a good team player. I enjoy working with others and want to always do my part to make the teamwork work."

Medical Coder
Answer example

"My co-workers would say that I like to have fun with it’s appropriate and that I know how to laugh to keep morale high and tension low."

Loan Officer
Answer example

"John has told me that I am a hard worker, and he has told me that he really likes how I am always happy to be at work!"

Patient Services Coordinator
Answer example

"My co-workers would describe me as being kind, helpful, hardworking and a quick learner."

Nurse Anesthetist
Answer example

"My coworkers would say that I'm dedicated to my work and care very much about my patients. Everyday I bring my very best to work to inspire my jr. Anesthetists and others around me."

Addiction Nurse
Answer example

"Patients who have poor coping mechanisms lack skills necessary to divert themselves from substance abuse and, as a result, often resort back to their addictive behaviors. When our team identifies a client who appears to have poor coping mechanisms, we immediately begin to introduce measures to help these clients cope. Helping clients identify stressors or triggers that may cause them to relapse is one of the first steps. When clients can identify triggers, we can then address ways for them to learn to cope, such as having a support system to call on when the stress becomes too much."

Occupational Therapist Assistant
Answer example

"My coworkers say I'm easy to work with because I have a good attitude even when we are really busy."

Occupational Therapist
Answer example

"My coworkers would describe me as being kind, helpful, hardworking and good with my patients."

Radiation Therapists
Answer example

"I often hear from my coworkers that they are energized by being around me. I try to stay positive, even in the most discouraging situations. Maintaining an upbeat work environment is important when working with patients who are fighting to beat cancer."

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
Answer example

"I did my best to work well with everyone and I always put in 100%. My co-workers would say that I was consistent, dependable and driven."

Special Education Teacher
Answer example

"My circle of friends is very close and we spend a lot of time together. I believe they would say that I am thoughtful, generous and kind. I am sure to surround myself with people who will challenge me and bring out the best in me."

Radiologic Technologist
Answer example

"My peers would describe me as an energetic, hardworking, knowledgeable Tech. They would say that I'm always willing to help others and that I love my job."

Cardiovascular Technologist
Answer example

"My co-workers would say that I'm dependable and helpful. I always make a point to welcome and help new staff. I believe they would describe me as warm and inclusive with my patients and team, alike."

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: 12/03/2015
Last modified on: 01/22/2019

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