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Interview Question: What else is important other than good communication?

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mumznet Thu 29-Dec-16 23:16:37

I got asked this question or similar worded question. Has anyone got any thoughts how to answer this?

i thought maybe teamwork I could say that but can' t think of other things?!

Brontebiscuits Thu 29-Dec-16 23:22:58

Yes to teamwork. Professionalism maybe? Adaptability (depends on the job a bit).

charlestrenet Thu 29-Dec-16 23:24:40

Good listening? In that it's important to hear what others are saying rather than thinking about how you're going to reply?

mumznet Thu 29-Dec-16 23:31:49

Hi, the question they asked me was like....we all know good communication is important in the workplace....

So i thought 'listening' also comes in communication....or am i wrong?

beanfilledfish Thu 29-Dec-16 23:32:49

being reliable and on time!

mumznet Thu 29-Dec-16 23:35:10

we all know good communication is important in the workplace....what other things are also important?

I honestly thought this is the worst question or horribly phrased question I ever heard confused

EngTech Thu 29-Dec-16 23:37:32

Good admin skills.

Not afraid to ask questions if not sure about anything

beanfilledfish Thu 29-Dec-16 23:37:37

taking responsibility
having common sense and taking initiative
not afraid to make decisions

it's an easy question isn't it?

CashelGirl Thu 29-Dec-16 23:39:06

Flexibility, open mindedness, objectivity, time management. Depends on the type of job really.

FriendofBill Thu 29-Dec-16 23:40:13

Biscuits grin

charlestrenet Thu 29-Dec-16 23:41:37

Oh ok yes that makes sense - that listening comes under the same heading.

I suppose a question like that is your chance to show how well you are suited to the job because different skills/attributes are important in different roles.

For eg if you were going for an admin post you could talk about how important it is to be well organised and how you demonstrated that in blah blah blah job, whereas if you were going for a sales role you could talk about strategies for meeting targets?

WhisperingLoudly Thu 29-Dec-16 23:42:53

Very much depends on the job but some examples might be:

Strategic thinking

All these questions are designed to have a two part response.

First identify the skill.
Second articulate how you have previously successfully demonstrated the skill.

FinallyHere Thu 29-Dec-16 23:47:44


Astro55 Thu 29-Dec-16 23:50:51

I suppose it has to fit in with their vision

So a sales role would be customer service - being helpful friendly exceed expectations

A caring role would be understanding patients care

What was the job?

mumznet Fri 30-Dec-16 12:27:33

the job was band 4 Medical secretary

Maranello4 Mon 02-Jan-17 15:28:00

Also Commercial Awareness/ Business Acumen as being a medical secretary is very different to being a PA in Financial Services e.g. types of people you're working with, organisational culture, budgets etc

Iamblossom Mon 02-Jan-17 15:32:02

I just finished a book where the headmistress of a school was asked about her strongest skills - she instantly answered "quick at making decisions" which made the panel laugh. I thought that was a good one. Assuming it's the right one of course!

titchy Mon 02-Jan-17 15:45:04

It depends entirely on the job. The interviewer is asking what you think is important in the job, to make sure you understand the role fully and can fulfil the criteria.

So if the job means you're working on your own, and expected to be a self starter, answering 'teamwork' shows you don't really understand the role. Answering 'tenacity, self motivation, adaptability' etc and saying how those are your best qualities tells them you understand what's required of the job holder and that you're ideally suited.

titchy Mon 02-Jan-17 15:48:49

Medical secretary - so I'd say discretion and brilliant prioritising and organisational skills, all of which you gained when you worked for ABC company, particularly when XYZ happened and you had to....

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