Interview Question: How Easily Do You Assimilate into a New Environment?

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When you are applying for a temporary position, or for a position with a temp agency, you are likely to be asked some questions relating to your ability to cope with new situations and people. You should give some thought to how you would answer the temporary job interview question "How easily do you think you assimilate into a new environment?"

Think of the skills, assets, and experiences you possess that highlight your ability to adapt to new situations.

Try to come up with some examples of when you have applied these traits successfully when being met with a new environment or situation. Here are some sample answers to get you started.

Examples of the Best Answers

One of the things that I find most interesting about working a temporary position is being immersed in a new environment. I enjoy meeting new people and seeing how different offices operate, and I think I assimilate fairly quickly each time.

I have worked within many different organizations all with their own way of doing things. There are many ways to achieve the same goals, and I have learned lots of different strategies for success. I think having that experience makes me very adaptable to new situations.

I tend to be a little quiet and spend some time observing at the beginning of a placement so that I can assess the requirements of the position. Then I can quickly determine how to be the most productive in the job I'm doing.

I came from a very small town in the Midwest, and when I started my first semester at Boston University, it was a little bit of a culture shock. I have always been very people-oriented and curious about the experiences of others. I found that by connecting on a personal level with my dorm mates, I was able to assimilate into the campus culture very quickly.

My experiences growing up in a military family prepared me well for assimilating into new environments. We had the opportunity to live not only all over the US, with its wonderful regional mores, but also abroad in some societies quite different from our own. I really enjoy new environments and am confident in my ability to assimilate quickly.

When I begin a new assignment, I have found that I can assimilate very easily by following a simple strategy. I ask questions, listen to the answers, contribute to the conversation, and ask for feedback. This has always provided me with excellent preparation to take on the new position.

Because I tend to be very observant, I am able to quickly assess the structure of the work and the relationships in a new environment. I am good at determining what my role is, and how to be most effective during my post with the company.

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