What Type of Work Environment Do You Prefer?

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When preparing for an interview, it’s a good idea to think about how you will answer questions about what kind of work environment you prefer. The interviewer will be trying to establish how well you will fit in at the company, with the company culture, and in what environment you are most productive.

Tips for Answering Interview Questions About Work Environments

The best way to prepare for questions like this is to make sure you do your research.

Company websites contain plenty of information about the company environment, stated and implied. There are usually sections “About Us”, which highlight the work ethic of the company as a whole, and sometimes provide information on individual employees.

If you have a contact at the company, talk to them about the company culture. Reach out to your network to find information regarding the reputation of the company you are applying to. The truth is, it will be very helpful to you to analyze what the work environment will be, because it will affect how happy and productive you will be if you get the job.

Sometimes it’s not possible to find out about the work environment at a particular company. In that case, it’s fine to ask the interviewer about the company culture, and formulate your answer based on what they say. Once you know how they view their work environment, you can determine if you’ll be a good fit, and can offer examples of how your work style matches well with their culture.

When you are asked about work environments, your best bet is to try to stay relatively neutral, since at this stage in the interview process, you don't know personally what it will be like working for the company. It’s a good idea to maintain that you are flexible and adapt happily in any environment.

You wouldn’t want to say anything to damage your chances of getting to the next stage in the hiring process.

Examples of the Best Answers

I can be flexible when it comes to my work environment. From your website, it looks like the environment in the Engineering department here at RRS, Inc. is fast paced and structured to expand production. I enjoy working in an area experiencing rapid growth, and I think that many times this kind of environment is conducive to new ideas and applications.

I have worked in many types of work environments, and enjoyed learning new things from each. I would say that while I don’t have a preference for a particular environment, I really like working with people who are committed to getting things done and who are passionate about their work.

Generally speaking, I like to work in an environment where productivity is high, and the employees have a sense of commitment. In my experience, whether the culture is extremely fast paced, or more laid back, it’s the dedication of the employees at all levels that makes the company successful, and a great place to work.

I enjoy working in an environment where the members of the team have a strong sense of comradery, and a good work ethic. I like working with competent, kind, funny people who like to get things done. It’s important to me to feel that I can trust my team members to always do their best, because I do.

Having worked in a variety of work environments, from very casual and laid back to super fast paced, I think I adapt well to most. I’m not familiar with what the corporate environment is here, can you tell me about it?

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