You've landed an interview for a job you really want! You've researched possible interview questions and rehearsed your answers.
You answer all the questions confidently until...the interviewer asks, "Are you a thinker, a planner, or a doer?"
When interviewers ask this question, they really want to know about your motivation.
Before answering that question:
Explore each type of motivation
Read sample answers for each motivation
Determine which motivation you align to
Prepare to answer the question confidently for your next interview
Explorers of ideas
Good at breaking down ideas
Deep thinkers about problems
Imaginative and creative
Seekers of information
If this is you....
You might answer the question by saying...
"I gather information and consider all the possibilities. I look for ways to create new ideas and find answers to problems. I deeply consider problems and find the best solutions. I consider different viewpoints."
Explorers of ideas: "I came up with a new idea for a project that I'd like to share."
Brainstormers: "I jotted down several topics we could discuss at our first meeting."
Breaking down ideas: "I prioritized our staff meeting into specific categories."
Deep thinkers: "I've given this a lot of thought and I've come to the conclusion...."
Open-minded: "I'm willing to consider the CEO's perspective on the project."
Which statement represents a "thinker"? Select all that apply.
Organizers of systems and processes
Strategic in finding desired outcomes
Adaptable to changes
Dissectors of problems
Driven by goals
Masters of time management
Proactive with their methods
If this is you...
You might answer the question by saying,...
"I create structured plans and organize lists to accomplish goals. I outline the best way to execute my plans to reach my goals. I consider possible unexpected events. "
Organizers: "Here is a system that I created to increase productivity."
Adaptable to changes: "I have a contingency plan in case something goes wrong."
Masters of time management: "I created a time line for the completion of our project."
Driven by goals: "My goal is to become settled into the team by August."
Strong communicators: "In my presentation, I considered my audience and used language relevant to them."
Which statement represents a "planner"? Select all that apply.
People who prefer to "get things done"
Overcomers of obstacles
Lovers of hands-on projects
Practical, no-nonsense people
Quick to find solutions to problems
Fast paced workers
Thrivers in active environments
Those that value results
If this is you...
You might answer by saying,...
"I take quick action to get things done. I enjoy a fast paced environment where quick thinking is key. I thrive with hands-on tasks.I overcome obstacles to get a job done. I'm a self-starter and independent worker who also values teamwork."
Getting things done: "I completed the project ahead of schedule."
Self-starter: "I'm comfortable working on my own and getting started right away."
Lovers of hands-on projects: "I'll be glad to roll up my sleeves and get my hands dirty."
No-nonsense: "Let's cut to the chase and just focus on what's important."
Those that value results: "I'm excited when the ratings increase on our site!"
Which statement represents a "doer"? Select all that apply.
This can be a tricky question if you don't know which one you are.
Take steps to prepare your answer: