When asked to describe your work style in an interview
, you may first wonder what this means. Simply put, the interviewer is likely trying to imagine how you would fit in with the work culture already in place. This crucial information often impacts final decisions about whether or not to hire. Do you prefer to work alone or on a team? Most jobs require a mix, but some positions are more suited for one or the other. If you’re applying to a proofreader job, for example, you may serve on an editorial team. However, you can expect a lot of time working independently. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, and if you apply for a position of this nature, you likely thrive doing independent work. Share this openly but also express that you’re a team player. Another way to address the work style question is to talk about how you communicate. Do you prefer to put communication in writing or schedule in-person meetings? Again, talk about your honest preferences, but also take into account that your flexibility could benefit you. A third style you can discuss relates to time management. Share how you organize your priorities and plan out your day. This communicates efficiency and organization skills. In this, as with all areas you choose to talk about, be frank but flexible.