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What is your ideal work environment?

1 of 20 Personal 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 applying for a job, the fit has to match both ways. The interviewer knows this and wants to ensure that the work environment they offer is suitable for you.

There are a few factors to take into consideration when looking at the work environment:

- Are questions encouraged without judgment?
- Is continuing education encouraged?
- Does the company promote an entrepreneurial mindset?
- Does the office allow for flexibility such as working from home or flex in hours?
- Are there regular team huddles?
- Is it an open-air environment without cubicles or walled offices?
- Is feedback, from both sides, encouraged and acceptable?
- Are goals set as a team, or only individually?
- Are there strict dress codes, after-hours expectations, and other restrictions?
- Is the initial training through or is there a sink-or-swim mentality?
- Is there recognition for a job well done, or incentives on a regular basis?
- Is nepotism a factor, if the business is family-run?
- Are employees promoted based on performance, or tenure only?

Choose two to three of these factors that are important to you, and before accepting a job offer, ensure that the company hits these 'must-haves' for you and your ideal work environment.

Professional Answer Examples
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"My ideal work environment is one where mistakes are an opportunity for learning, where full training is available, and there are opportunities for continued education. Would you say that Company ABC meets these factors?"

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"I am seeking a work environment where promotions happen on results and performance, and not tenure. I may easily outperform a manager who has been with the company for ten years and would like to know that my achievements will be recognized and rewarded, despite my being newer to the company. Can you share with me the factors that Company ABC takes into account when considering title promotions?"

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"I seek a creative environment where office doors remain open, or better yet; there is a collaborative collective office environment. I love working in open-air environments with regular team huddles. Does this match the environment offered here?"

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"I seek a work environment where questions are encouraged, and there is an opportunity to give and receive feedback. I am not interested in joining a class-based work environment where those at the top simply give direction with no room for exploring alternate methods. Do you feel that Company ABC fits this description?"

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"My ideal work environment is one that offers flexibility and a high level of trust. In my current role, I can take a Friday afternoon off, because my boss knows that I will be in my email over the weekend and would never leave a client hanging. I can choose to work from home time-to-time, and there is no strictly enforced dress code because the managers know that I understand how to dress without being told. How would you say Company ABC fairs in this department?"

Answer example

"I prefer to work in an environment with a friendly faculty where everyone supports and encourages each other. Being a teacher is a challenging occupation, and it's important to me that I enjoy the people with whom I work. How would you describe your work environment here?"

Health Information Technician
Answer example

"My ideal work environment is one that fosters positive, professional working relationships. Mutual respect and an encouraging working and learning environment is my ideal work environment."

Occupational Therapist
Answer example

"My ideal work environment is one that inspires and motivates their employees. I thrive on the company of others and having the ability to learn from the experiences of others."

Warehouse Clerk
Answer example

"I am seeking a work environment where promotions happen on results and performance, and not tenure. I may easily outperform a warehouse clerk who has been with the company for ten years and would like to know that my achievements will be recognized and rewarded, despite my being newer to the company. Can you share with me the factors that this company takes into account when considering promotions?"

Answer example

"To me, an ideal work environment is a place where everyone feels important and a place where everyone can learn openly. I work best in an environment where employees are nurtured and encouraged to grow."

Bacteriology Technician
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"An ideal working environment for me is one in which everyone is focused and working towards the same goal. I enjoy working with lots of people, I like the buzz and excitement of deadlines, and ideally would like to be working with a friendly, confident team. "

Accounts Payable Clerk
Answer example

"I want to work in a setting that allows you to learn and grow"

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: 04/07/2018
Last modified on: 12/23/2018
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