It happens in every interview: the dreaded “what would be your ideal working environment” question. You’re often stumped because you don’t know exactly what they’re looking for in an answer.
When asked this tough question, you may think that they’re wanting you to describe exactly what the job is that you applied for, but that isn’t always the case. With this query, they’re really trying to assess your personality. Just like you have different characteristics that build your persona, so does the company that you’re applying with. The interviewer asks this question to make sure that both of your temperaments would mesh together in harmony.
Points to Emphasize
Giving a response to this seemingly loaded question involves a deeper look into you and your various traits, particularly your positive ones.
- Before answering, take into account how their company is structured in terms of work days, formality, small start-up vs. large corporation, etc.
- Focus on wanting an environment that allows for the use and growth of your established skills and qualities.
- Highlight your desire to work in a team-oriented workplace.
- Talk about your work-style and try to word your answer so that it blends in well with the company’s vision.
Overall, interviewers are looking for an honest and confident response. Telling the truth about your ideal working environment is preferred, but make sure that you give an answer that has been pondered upon and is well-worded before jumping the gun.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
Every interview question has a pitfall or two. Avoid them by eluding the following mistakes:
- Don’t talk about how your ideal workplace is one with lots of vacation time and flexible hours.
- Do not focus your answer purely on the people you will be working with.
- Try not to stray from the actual company and its workings by making it all about you when you respond.
- Don’t essentially read off the job description or company’s “about us” page.
One of the greatest mistakes that you can make when faced with this question is not making it personal to you and then becoming forgettable.
A great way to answer a question about an ideal work environment would go something like this:
My ideal work environment is one that is centered around working as a team and that allows everyone’s talents to flourish. When I was researching your company, your desire to cultivate each of your employees’ skills was very impressive to me. I find that I work best in an environment that is empowering and positive, no matter what the work is that I’m doing.
Remember, just as with any interview question, to be yourself.
Popular Interview Questions
Our employees will be compensated by receiving a good compensation package for both the benefit of the company and the employee. The compensation package will include:
•20% more income than the average salary per month
•Guaranteed raises and bonuses based on job performance and/or time with company
•Paid Volunteer Days
•Time off unpaid
•Use of the company car
Also, our company awards bonuses based on merit, these are non cash bonuses known as ‘Employee of the Month’, bonus day off, or a good parking space.
There are many qualities that make a good boss. At Honda Automotive Design Engineering, we have hired a boss that respects and has acquired all the expectations to lead this company to success and help improve the work environment in the building with weekly interactions with the employees.
An effective boss will:
1. Set clear expectations
2. Coaches (someone who educates and encourages his employees as well as leads the company)
3. Gives feedback
4. Is inclusive
5. Gets to know employees
6. Works fearlessly
7. Is open and truthful (communication is essential)
We view The Discussing Style as an effective management style because it promotes learning through interaction. In this style the manager encourages critical thinking and lively discussion by asking employees questions about the problem, opportunity, or issue that must be resolved. The manager is a facilitator guiding the discussion to a logical conclusion. This style is effective because it’s based on communication, coaching, decision-making and recognition.
As executive officers, we manage workplace conflict by playing the role as an integrator. We seek to hear a variety of reasonable opinions and have an exchange of information before making a decision. This style of managing workplace conflict encourages creative thinking and is effective at problem-solving when issues are complex but it does take time.
This company hires employees that are compromisers when it comes to either conflict-management styles or working at this company in general. When compromising at this company, we force taking something from all parties involved and giving up something in return. When all parties to a decision are knowledgable and have good suggestions, this style results in good decisions. But when some parties contributing to the discussion are not fully informed, the final decision can be weak and we do not tolerate alienation, avoiding or domination. We are looking for 3 types of positions: Architects, Mechanic/Engineers, Designers (All must have a designing degree).
At Honda Automotive Design Engineering, we create a community feeling in the building. Our offices are designed for employees to have lots of space, freedom and wide communication with the other employees. To prevent worker alienation, we have created our offices to be a happy and comforting atmosphere and in order to do that we changed plain, boring, simple office spaces into warm colourful walls and more open space for communication but also providing separation walls so the room does not becoming loud or chaotic, enough for a functioning workplace.
Recruiting the best employees possible will be simple giving them special accommodations, for engineers we provide them with tons of space in the building and utilities. For designers, we provide all the utilities, essentials, workspace and organization products (files, compartments etc.).
To meet the needs of a diverse worker population, we aim for employees with different ethnicities and personalities. We ensure that the work environment is a safe space free of harassment by 24/7 security on building grounds, employees have the right to complain and/or notify authorities and the manager, and we hire employees that are open-minded about gender, race, religion and sexual orientation. We do not tolerate any kind of harassment in the workplace and we also provide rules towards that topic.
The Honda Automotive Design Engineering is redesigned to maximize productivity and employee satisfaction for the work environment. On the graph 7.6 (page. 206), we think that our employees would rate their job/workplace regarding economics fairly well because we provide job security, fair/reasonable pay, health plans and a paid vacation. Also, Contribution and involvement would be rated excellent because we allow employees to work the way they want in their office space, they can make a difference to improve the companies growth and production as well as participate in decision-making.