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Ace your Job Interview

Did you turn down a job offer because they told you the interview will be in English?


Really?


Then let's start acquiring some language and confidence.


Welcome to our series: Common Interview Questions.


Each post will review one question.


Question #9: How would your boss/reports/peers describe you?


This question is pretty much the same as “what are your strengths” the only difference is that it should be from the point of view from your boss or coworkers.

Tip: think of the recent performance review and quote your boss – quote what he said.


Use phrases such as: hard worker, pay attention to details, take initiative, trustworthy/loyal/reliable, deliver on time, come up with creative solutions, able to harness the team, good communicator/negotiator, able to break down a plan/vision into manageable tasks, pleasant to work with, support/help other members of the team, work will with other departments/functions in the organization.


Sample Answer

“Well, in my last performance review in September, my boss described me as someone who takes initiative. My position as a PR manager requires that I keep track of our clients’ brand reputation, and if something goes wrong, I should deal with it as fast as possible.

It requires me to be very proactive because if I wait for my entire team to have a meeting each time there is an ad-hoc issue, it might already be too late.

There were 4-5 different situations where I had to take charge and react to problems literally the moment they arose, whether it was during my work hours, or not.”

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