Most questions that an interviewee asks during an interview are structured so they can get to know the company. When they ask you what work-related values are most important in the company, they are trying to do just that. As they get to know what the company values, they can ascertain if they will be a good fit with the company. You want to help them figure this out because that is part of what you're doing as well. It is a good sign for you, the hiring manager, to hear these types of questions because it shows that they are truly interested in making a future with your company.
Points to Emphasize
You want to give an honest answer, but if possible highlight these facts.
- Talk about values of the company that line up with those of the candidate to the best of your knowledge.
- Give a rundown of the values that are most important to the company.
- Also, give an explanation. Explain why these values are so important to the company.
- Discuss how these values help employees succeed in the company.
It's important for you to give an informative answer because that will give the interviewee a clear picture of what to expect from the company.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
Make sure to give as much information as you can while also avoiding these common traps.
- Be careful not to alienate the candidate by talking about values that contradict their ideals.
- Try not to give a vague answer because this may make it seem like the company does not value any standards.
- Do not talk poorly about any management or anyone associated with the company.
- Don't forget to keep your answer positive.
As best you can, you want to talk about standards that fit with the values of the candidate, yet are truthful.
Here is an example of what a great answer to this question might look like:
The company values hardworking, independent and resourceful employees. It's important that they be diligent enough to get work done without constant supervision. It's also important that they be able to meet all of the deadlines and standards with the resources available. That being said, the company also values their employees, so we try to keep the resources updated and plentiful. We value communication on all levels. We find that this helps keep the company efficient and the employees happy.
Give an answer that showcases the values that are most important to the company. Remember to explain why they are important. Sometimes the why tells more than the what.