More often than not, if they are serious about hiring you, the interviewer will call your previous boss to get them to answer this one. So this is more a personal question aimed at finding out if you see yourself as someone who puts in that extra bit of effort to get the job done.
Just a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer is not going to cut it for most interview questions, this one in particular. Make sure you back up what you are saying with examples, as this will validate what you are trying to say.
Employers want employees who are go-getters, who show passion for their work and don’t mind putting in extra time or effort in order to get the job done right. They don’t want someone who puts in the bare minimum and nothing more. When there’s a big job to be tackled, they want to know they can count on you to take responsibility and get stuck in with the rest of the team.
- Going the Extra Mile
When interviewing with companies, you will often be asked questions that seem straightforward to answer. However, an answer of yes or no should never be adequate. Always backup any statements you make with specific examples. This validates what you are trying to convey.
Here is an example of this type of interview question and sample answer:
“Would your current boss describe you as the type of person who goes that extra mile?”
Answer: “Absolutely. In fact, on my annual evaluations, she writes that I am the most dependable and flexible person on her staff. I think this is mostly because of my ability to juggle and prioritize.”
Advice: Share an example that demonstrates your dependability or willingness to tackle a tough project. If you describe “long hours of work,” make sure that you prove the hours were productive, and not the result of poor time management.