When you’re interviewing someone for a job opening, the applicant may ask a question like, “What are the people like with whom you work” or “What are the employees like who work here”
The applicant knows that coworkers contribute to an employee’s satisfaction on the job. He most likely asks this question to get an understanding of what type of workplace he would be entering into. He may have particular preferences, like working with extroverts or with people who take their work very seriously.
Points to Emphasize
When you answer this question you’ll want to be as honest as possible, and also ask the applicant any follow up questions to get a better sense of his meaning.
Mostly, your answer to this question should reassure the applicant that he would be entering a hospitable work environment.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
If you’re not prepared for this question, you may be unsure how to answer. To avoid common mistakes, follow these general guidelines:
Anything that paints yourself or your coworkers in a negative light should be avoided, as you want to stress camaraderie and positivity in the workplace.
The following is an example of an answer you can give to a question about employees’ personalities:
Everyone at the company is fairly different. Some are very jovial and like to joke around, while others are pretty quiet and keep to themselves. What we all have in common though is that we all love what we do and are joined together by our common goals. We balance each other out in a way works well for the company.
Everyone has his own personality and preference of whom he works with. The applicant asks this question to understand how the social atmosphere would be on the job.