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How do you handle working under very close supervision?

1 of 30 Behavioral Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on February 3rd, 2019 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
How to Answer

The term 'close supervision' can be code for the dreaded micromanagement word! If the interviewer asks a question similar to this in your interview, you should dig deeper and find out how they interpret close supervision to be. The best way to answer this question is to give an example of a time that you worked closely with a boss, professor, or someone in a position of authority. Then, finish your reply by asking what they mean by close supervision. It is your responsibility to ensure that the workplace culture marries well with your own needs an employee.

Professional Answer Examples
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"In my current role I work closely with my boss. Our offices are next to each other, and we meet at least once per day to discuss the status of our projects. Could you share with me how your workplace culture is close, and what close supervision means to you?"

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"I work at the front desk in my current position which means that I am accessible to my boss, and most of the team, all day long. Everything that I do is within this close-knit environment. Could you further explain to me what 'close supervision' means to you, and what that would look like in this role?"

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"My boss is in another city, but we work closely through daily emails or meetings via Google Hangout. I am close with my team but do not hover over them when it is time to get the job done. I believe in offering employees room to work. Do you believe in close supervision here? And, if so - could you further clarify what that looks like in your day to day operations?"

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"I can work well under any amount of supervision, so long as communication is clear and expectations are well-set. I am always able to speak for my work because I am confident in the quality that I deliver. What does close supervision look like here at your company?"

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"I believe in boundaries in the workplace, so I certainly do not want, or need, someone checking in with me every 5 minutes. With that said, I am a fantastic employee so you will not feel the need to supervise my every move. When you speak of close supervision, are you referring to micromanaging or are you speaking of close working relationships?"

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"Close supervision is a requirement at times, depending on the project stage and other factors. I do not mind close supervision as long as it's an effective working method. There should be some flexibility in sales; however. Can you share with me how you define close supervision, within your organization?"

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"As a teacher, I am not accustomed to overly close supervision by the principal, for instance, but I am accustomed to working closely with the parents of my students. I like it when parents are highly involved in their kids' education; however, nobody enjoys micromanagement. Can you please explain to me what you mean when you speak of close supervision?"

Daycare Worker
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"In my current role I work closely with my boss, we have cameras strategically located around the center, and we have regular check-ins every day. I think these measures are great because they reassure parents while protecting the workers and children at the same time. Could you share with me the supervision measures you take here?"

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
First written on: 07/23/2018
Last modified on: 02/03/2019
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