Job interview question and answer: Tell us about a time where you have demonstrated the company’s values to achieve a positive outcome

Posted October 13, 2011, by Andrea Riddell

When you are interviewed for any position the interviewer will try to scope out whether you are a good fit for the company. The skills, strengths and values that you portray throughout your application will give the interviewer an idea of what you can contribute to the company as well as how the company can help you.

This interview question asks you to describe a time when you have demonstrated the values that the company upholds. This will show the interviewer that you have done some research about the company. These values will define what the company stands for and how they operate. It will also give you an insight into the work environment, giving you the opportunity to see whether the company is right for you.

Understanding what the interviewer looks for in prospective job candidates will help you to describe a time when you have sufficiently emulated these desirable qualities. This may be a time that you have overcome a hardship, achieved a goal, shown leadership or resolved a problem.

You will need to discuss how you utilised the company’s valued qualities to help you achieve a positive outcome. How did they help you to reach a conclusion or take on more responsibility? What have you learnt from demonstrating these traits?

For example, if the company values open communication you could say, ‘maintaining open and honest communication allowed us to firstly locate the problem and then work towards a solution. By communicating we were able to come to compromise and achieve a positive outcome. I learnt that direct and honest communication resolves issues more quickly and shows respect for the other party.’

Discussing what you have learnt from the process will show the interviewer that you have reflected on your past experiences. Showing that you are able to adopt the company’s values will show that you are an adaptable and flexible employee.

Andrea Riddell

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