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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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I'm interested in knowing more about the type of work you are seeking, and your ideal workplace culture. What is your ideal position at this time?

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    I'm interested in knowing more about the type of work you are seeking, and your ideal workplace culture. What is your ideal position at this time?

      How to Answer

      The type of culture you are looking for will vary based on your field and personality. However, every candidate is looking for a positive work environment and growth opportunities, so be sure to stress these aspects in your response. In regards to the position, think of three traits that get you excited about your ideal job. What work elements evoke happiness? Be sure to demonstrate to the interviewer how excited you are about this position.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Ideally, I am seeking a role that offers a positive work environment with room for growth through challenging projects and continued training. I work best in a positive team environment where employees are respected and given some form of autonomy."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "I am looking for a role to which I can contribute value. An organization with a culture where administrative associates feel valued and appreciated. I'm passionate about working within a culture where people are recognized, ideas are celebrated, and innovation is happening all around you."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "My ideal workplace is somewhere that challenges me, allows for growth, and just somewhere I look forward to being, day in and out. So many hours are spent at work, that I want to make sure I'm a good culture fit for the rest of my team, and they for me."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "I am looking for a business that I believe in, with people who believe in what they're doing. Culture is essential to me, and I seek a company that values its people enough to go out on a limb for them. In a position, I'm looking for growth opportunities in the marketing department. I want a hand not only in execution but also planning the strategies and promotions."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "My dream workplace is comprised of a great team, selling solid products that I can stand behind with pride, and a place that values me as an employee and leader, and takes steps to nurture my growth."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "As far as my dream sales position, it's a team-oriented, sales position that pushes me daily and inspires me to stay on my toes, learn, and grow. I love a fast-pace and a collaborative team, and from looking at the entire section online dedicated to team culture and employee happiness, it's certainly super compelling and something I want to see for myself!"

      Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview

      "My ideal workplace is with a school and faculty that encourages collaboration, praises dedication, and fosters a safe learning environment for all."

      5+ Community Answers

      Anonymous Answer

      "I am seeking a culture where everyone is busy but we feel we are working on the same project, which makes it more fun."

      Cindy's Answer

      Good start. There are other aspects you could add as well, such as whether you'd be working as part of a team, whether the pace is fast or more thoughtful and deliberate, or whether you prefer a mission-driven culture.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Ideally, I am seeking a role that offers a positive work environment with room for growth through challenging projects. I prefer the growth to happen on the technical and business sides as I'm interested in achieving that in my next role."

      Cindy's Answer

      Good. The question is seeking detail about your desires so the interviewer can determine whether the organization or role will meet your expectations. You're doing a great job answering the question generally, but if you have specific information about the kinds of projects and culture you can expect, discuss them. Then talk about how you'd meet the demand.

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