There are many interview questions that have an answer that will impress hiring managers in every type of job. For example, if you’re asked about your experience with a piece of software, and you have extensive experience, your answer will likely impress every interviewer – even those in small companies, startups, large corporations, and more. Some answers are universally impressive.
But there are other questions that need to change depending on who you’re interviewing with.
One example is the behavioral question: “Describe Your Ideal Work Environment.”
What is the Work Environment?
With this type of interview question, the answer may need to change depending on the type of company. Large financial corporations will have a very different work environment when compared to a small tech startup, which will have a different work environment compared to a medium size landscaping company. If your “ideal” work environment is nothing like those work environments, you may not be giving a good answer.
Before you go to an interview, try to research the company. Have a look at out post – 5 Sneaky Ways To Research Company Culture.
Websites like Glassdoor can often provide you with valuable feedback that you can use to determine what the work environment is at that specific business. In general, however, you have to make a judgment based on the type of company it is.
- News Company: “I enjoy the challenge of a fast paced work environment, with clear deadlines and the ability to both work as a team and as an individual.
- Casual Tech Startup: “I appreciate work environments that bring out the best in me and my talents – companies that expect a lot from me, but also believe in me and let me be myself knowing that I’ll be able to come through…”
- Company of Workaholics: “I enjoy an environment that pushes me to complete my work no matter what it takes, and surrounds me with others that are also looking to achieve similar professional goals.”
- Work Environment with Ups and Downs: “I prefer to work with an adaptive work environment that adjusts based on the needs of the company. One that is able to handle fast paced challenges on tight deadlines, but is also light hearted and can slow down when less needs to be done.”
- Caring Work Environment: “I love working in an environment that is open to questions and ideas, while also bringing out the best from their workers.”
There are many different types of work environments, and the one you are applying to may not be exactly what is represented above. Take into consideration the type of company, the size of the office, the size of your team, and what you see around you when you are in for the interview. Adapt your answer accordingly, and only be honest if you are willing to risk the job on it.