Interviewers are much like psychologists. They creep inside your ear, climb through your Eustachian tube, go through the passages of your … well, basically they crawl inside your head until they have located the winding pathway to your brain. But they must be clever about it! You can imagine with so many different people coming through their office, they quickly become bored and must use new techniques of comprehending your noggin’s intellect. A common question that can be used is, ‘How would your coworkers describe you?’. While this may feel like an innocent question, simplistic even, realise that your interviewer is really trying to snoop into your thought process to determine what kind of individual you truly are. So, how do you respond to such a question?

Build a strategy

You may want to respond by using generic terms such as, ‘I’m happy, loyal and energetic’, but remember that such terms can easily be used to refer to a dog. (Sure, they are great companions, but likely are not suitable in the work environment.) It’s important to think of a few different synonyms to quickly spit back then add to them later.

Resourcing

If you are truly stumped as to how to describe yourself, here are a few tips:

✔️ Coworkers: Seek out your former coworkers and ask them how they would describe you. You may be surprised.

✔️ Internet: The internet is another great resource where you can find keywords such as honest, hard-working, attention to detail and more.

✔️ Research: It’s always a bright idea is to research the premise of the work facility. Here you can find the company’s core values and see if they are adaptable to your personality and reflect upon them. Bonus: Through this method, you’ll prove that you’ve done your homework and are an ambitious individual worthy of hire.

Enemies: Perhaps something that is not a good idea is to question coworkers you have previously deemed as enemies. The result could lead to far from pleasant replies.

What would your close friends say about you?

Another idea is to draw upon your close friends. Would they describe you the same way as your coworkers? If not, what are the differences? And why are there differences? The last thing you want is for your interviewer to question if you have multiple personality disorder. If you do, it might be high time to schedule that put-off psychologist appointment you have been meaning to schedule and get on meds to calm the voices. (Bright News: if you find the right asylum, you may not have to look for work. Think about it – you will be fed and may blossom in a squishy white padded room! What a thought, eh?)

Interview question: How would your coworkers describe you? (Straight jacket with a smiley face.)

Why the question?

Every question has a reason behind it. In these cases, your interviewer is trying to cypher what kind of work environment you are accustomed to and if you are adaptable to their company atmosphere. Your skill sets are important, but at the end of the day, does your personality fit the bill?

Turning the tables

Sometimes you will find your interviewer tweaking the phrasing of this question. Instead of asking, ‘How would your coworkers describe you?’, he may ask, ‘Describe the best coworker you worked with?’. First off, if you feel that this person was too much like Hermione Granger and annoyed you to death with her constant perfectness and overachieving-self, put that aside. You need to glide over that and consider what professional savviness did you enjoy about her. Essentially, you are being asked to reflect and share what kind of person you strive to become.

However, if the questions become too focused on describing a single coworker, it is possible that you aren’t actually participating in an interview for a job, rather you are being questioned by an MI6 agent! If you suspect as much, you probably should get out a-sap!

Why the tricks? What do they really want??

As you have probably determined by this article, there are hidden meanings and messages behind everything said and done. Even if you are not aware of hidden communicating between you and your interviewer, it is happening much like how one bee does a little jig to alert the other bees. Therefore, if you have reached the question, ‘How would your coworkers describe you’, it is likely that the interviewer has deemed you professionally fit for the company and now must determine your interpersonal skills. Are you a good communicator? Good at listening? What about your empathy level?

Is it over yet?

Remember, when trying to win over the interviewer, it’s important to think thoughtfully about how others perceive you and hone in on those answers. Choosing to respond by using the company’s personal core values is another great idea. Just do not to draw too much from it, otherwise, it will not be believable. Lastly, remember that no matter where you work, every company, firm, astrology facility, whatever, look for honest people and while most can see through lies, know that astrology people can determine who you truly are by reading the stars. Good luck in your future endeavours and know with the right tools, anything is possible.

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