It’s not an obvious question to answer. But, chances are, you will have it asked for your next job interview – so be prepared! If you’re not preparing for a job interview, either way, it’s something necessary to determine. This can also help you spot the careers out there that are made or not made for you.
1.Do you like to work independently or collaboratively?
Usually, the best teams are those made up of people who can stand on their own two feet whilst being able to collaborate on all projects. Both can be seen as assets – but during your interview, if you personally prefer to work independently, make sure you underline your ability to receive feedback and be open-minded. If you prefer to work collaboratively, highlight it as a strength.
“Unity is strength. When there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” – Mattie J.T. Stepanek
2.How do you prefer to communicate?
Each and every one of us have preferred communication styles. Some prefer written communications, others prefer phone calls, e-mails, or in general electronical methods. Make sure you are good at using efficient, well-organized working methods.
“Communication works for those who work at it.” – John Powell
3.Are you willing to work the hours required?
If you’re a morning person, you may prefer to arrive earlier in the morning and leave earlier. If you’re not, you might want to leave a bit later. Whatever “style” you have, all the interviewer wants to know is if you are willing to put in any extra hours; in other words, if you are motivated enough to succeed. Make sure to say something along the lines of “I’m willing to stay as late as I need to complete a task.”
“Entrepreneurs are the only ones willing to work 80 hours per week in order to avoid working 40.” – Lori Greiner
4.Are you a good planner?
Some people succeed because of their abilities to anticipate and planning ahead. Others seem to have a harder time kick-starting their day; perhaps because of procrastination. You have to let the interviewer know that your day always starts with the most important tasks and that you never leave the office without having your next day planned ahead.
“There are dreamers and there are planners; the planners make their dreams come true.” – Edwin Louis Cole
These questions should really help you determine your style. If not, just look at your personality, your skills and your flaws. In any way, in any office or working space, you will most definitely find these 4 basic types of work styles:
1.Logical, analytical, linear, data-oriented
2.Organized, sequential, planned and detail-oriented
3.Supportive, expressive, and emotionally-oriented
4.Big-picture, integrative, and ideation-oriented
If you feel that you need more help in finding out which work style you have or what your assets are in general, I’d highly recommend you take personality assessments – these will help determine who you are as a person, and, as a result, what work style would suit you best. In the 2nd episode of our podcast, we interviewed the CEO of Zenlinx, a company that helps to identify your strengths, development areas and career potentials through psychometrics.
Cara Steenstra explained personality assessments in depth: “Just the way one takes the test already reflects how they are like. It’s a huge reflection of their preferences and their behaviour.”
Whatever additional help you seek, understanding your work style is also a long-term process; you will figure it out throughout your career experiences and during your self-discovery journey.