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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 would your most recent boss say about you if they were asked to describe your character?

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    What would your most recent boss say about you if they were asked to describe your character?

      How to Answer

      Think of some words that best describe your work ethic and character. If you are new to the workforce, feel free to refer to a professor from your post-secondary experience or even a high school teacher, or coach.

      Be sure to include descriptive words that will ensure you are a standout candidate. Most people, when asked this question, will say they are 'reliable' and 'easy to get along with.' A well-thought and unique answer to this question will give you a better chance of impressing the interviewer.

      Here are some unique descriptive words you could use:

      - Honest
      - Attentive
      - Committed
      - Persistent
      - Motivated
      - Tenacious
      - Respectful

      Rachelle's Answer

      "If my current employer were asked to describe me I believe they would say that I am determined, collaborative, and broad-minded. Also, during my post-secondary years, I would hear those compliments from time to time, and it was always very encouraging. I was a strong student and am a dedicated employee."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "My boss would say that I am a people-pleaser who is enthusiastic about my job, the people I care for and doing the right thing. She would say that I am a go-getter, that I love what I do, and I approach situations with care and tact."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "My character is something that I am very attached to, and I am proud of the reputation that I have developed over the years. When you call my boss for a reference, I believe she will say that I am tenacious, motivated, and le by numbers and data."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "My boss would describe me as creative, committed, and inquisitive. I am always looking to learn something new, try a new approach, and am dependable."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "My professors would describe me as diligent and someone who asks thoughtful questions. I am curious by nature and am always asking questions to understand a topic or situation better."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "I believe my manager would describe me as persistent, goal-oriented, not afraid to push the envelope, and always wanting more. Also, I think he would add that I am always up for the challenge and am fun to be around."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview

      "If asked to describe my character, my current Principal, and faculty would say that I am eager to help, creative with my lesson plans, and respectful of the needs and boundaries of others."

      5 Community Answers

      Anonymous Answer

      "Throughout my two years with my previous employer, I was given feedback that I am a determined, collaborative, vocal, and broad-minded employee. I believe my boss would also describe me as a dedicated employee."

      Lauren's Answer

      Very impressive! It’s great that you are able to validate and verify the description.


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      Anonymous Answer

      "High expectations, tenacious, motivated, honest, knowledgeable, and a great instructor."

      Rachelle's Answer

      These are excellent descriptors - a good response.

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