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How would a coworker or a close friend describe you?

30 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

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
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"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."

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"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."

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"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
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"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."

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

Physical Therapist
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"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."

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Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
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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