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11 How Would Previous Colleagues Describe You?

This is a common interview question that allows employers to gain insight into your character, work ethic, and ability to work collaboratively with others. Your response to this question can make a big difference in whether or not you get the job, so it is important to prepare a thoughtful and honest answer.

Employers ask this question to get a sense of how you work with others and to evaluate your interpersonal skills. They want to know if you are a team player who can collaborate effectively with others or if you are someone who tends to work independently. They may also want to know if you are well-liked and respected by your former colleagues, as this can be an indication of your ability to build positive relationships in the workplace.

Possible answer to “How would previous colleagues describe you?”:

“My colleagues would describe me as a born leader. I often lead projects and facilitate communication between different groups to ensure we’re all on the same wavelength. That’s why in my last job, my boss assigned me to coordinate projects between our department and two others.”

Tips for answering the question “How would previous colleagues describe you?”:

  • Be honest and try to give a sincere answer. The interviewer is trying to learn about you as an employee and person when they ask this question.
  • It is good to not only indicate that you can work well with other people but also that you bring out the best in those around you by encouraging and challenging them where appropriate.
  • Select one or two traits that you feel are true and useful, especially traits that will benefit you in this employer’s job. If possible, show how these traits will help you succeed in your job.

What mistakes should not be made when answering the question “How would previous colleagues describe you?”:

  • Saying something completely untrue if you might be tempted to say something you think the hiring manager wants to hear. After all, he will see through if you tell a complete lie.
  • It is also wrong to say “I’m not sure,” or “I don’t know.” Be confident, but try not to overpraise yourself.

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