Interviewers are much like psychologists. They’re trying to creep inside your ear, climb through your eustachian tube, go through the passages of your … well, basically they crawl through your head until they have located the winding pathway of your brain to analyze – 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; realize 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, 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 working partners.) 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 hit by surprise.

✔️ Internet: The internet is another good 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 their hire.

❌ Enemies: Perhaps something that is not such a good idea is to question those 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 how your close friends would describe you. Is it the same as what your coworkers would say? If not, what are the differences? And why are there differences? The last thing you want your interviewer to question is 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, they will feed you and may even be given a nice white padded room to live in.)

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 of course important, but at the end of the day, does your personality make the cut?

Turning the Tables

Tweaking the phrasing of this question can lead to you describing the best coworker you’ve ever had. First, put down whatever knee-jerking response you are thinking right now and consider someone you felt accomplished working with. Likely you enjoy people who are as professionally savvy such as you are. Thus, in a sense, you are being asked to reflect. Who do you strive to become? 

However, if the questions become too focused on describing your coworker, it is hoped that you really are experiencing an interview and not a covert operation led by MI6 regarding your coworker. If you suspect this, 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 to 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. If you have reached the question on, ‘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 communicating? 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 this, 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 what you are truly doing by reading the stars. Good luck in your future endeavours and know with the right tools, anything is possible.

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