Business Interview Question: What is Your Preferred Method of Communication?
“I like to first email someone, but before they have had a chance to answer it, I run over to their cubicle and yell ‘CHECK YOUR EMAIL’ really loudly before running back, turning on MSN Messenger, and IMing them asking them what they think of the email. Then, before they have a chance to respond, I tell them to call me and leave a message.”
Businesses communicate in many different ways. Some methods are better than others, and some companies prefer certain communication methods over alternatives.
How to Answer
It would help if you knew some inside information about how the company operates so that you could use that to your advantage, but if not, just try to come up with an answer that is logical and makes sense given the context of your work environment. You can keep your justifications brief. There is not going to be that much to elaborate on anyway.
“I prefer email.”
“It depends on urgency. I prefer email for items that require a lot of thought but can wait, phone calls for more urgent needs and in person meetings for discussions and brainstorming sessions so that we can communicate more quickly and bounce ideas more easily.”
There is not a lot to add, and these may not be true for you. Just be sure that you justify your answer with something that makes sense to the employer. You do not want to tell someone they should email you about urgent matters. You’re not getting the job if you do.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Give a logical answer.
- See if you can tailor it to your company research, if possible.