English Job Interview - Your Work Style

English Job Interview #5-Your Work Style

An English job interview can be less stressful if you don’t focus on the grammar and vocabulary, and instead focus on the content. Remember who you are and what you know and use the opportunity to impress the interviewer. The questions in this section focus on your work style, which is something that you are an expert on.

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English Job Interview Questions about your Work Style

  • What are you looking for in your new job?
  • What kind of work environment do you prefer?
  • What is your work style?
  • What is your management style?
  • How do you like to be managed?
  • How would your boss and colleagues describe you?
  • How do you deal with pressure or stressful situations?

What are you looking for in your new job?

Your answer should mention the same things this job has to offer. Be specific and use elements of their job posting advertisement.

What kind of work environment do you prefer?

It is ideal if your preferred environment is similar to the target company’s. Use specific examples from the interviewer and the job ad.

What’s your work style?

Help the interviewer to visualise you in the job position. What will working with you look like? How well will you fit into their team? Show them how well you can complement their team’s strengths and fit in with the company culture. The question is open, so you will have a lot of freedom in answering, but try to stay positive. And remember that telling a story can make your answer more memorable.

What’s your management style?

There is no one single management style that is best for all companies, teams, or cultures.  Be confident of your own unique style and help the interviewer visualise it.  Are you like a sports coach? A personal trainer,  a consultant, a mediator, an army seargent, or a friend?  Share some of your success stories, awards, and statistics.

How would you like to be managed?

Companies are looking for someone that fits well into their current management and organizational model.  There might be some key language in the job advert such as “self-motivated, having initiative, or independent” which gives hints about the type of management you can expect.  Be honest, but choose your management preferences that match the target company.  Illustrate these with positive stories of what your previous bosses have done to motivate you and help you grow.

How would your boss and colleagues describe you?

Remember that the HR manager may call your former bosses and colleagues for references, so be honest. You can also use this opportunity to show off strengths and qualities that you haven’t mentioned yet.

How do you deal with pressure or stressful situations?

Many people answer this question by talking themselves up to being some sort of bullet proof Superman that can handle any sort of crisis without breaking into a sweat.  However, if you are only mortal, it can help if you answer honestly.  You can talk about your organisational, personal, or communication skills that help you avoid crisis management situations.  Alternatively, you could explain your coping strategies like regular physical exercise.

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