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How do you handle working with little to no supervision?

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

Updated on January 22nd, 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

Little supervision often comes after some time, when trust is well established between yourself and your employer. The interviewer would like to know if you have worked in an environment that offers little amounts of supervision. Primarily, they are looking for proof that you can be productive even when nobody is watching or supervising you. Be sure to ask the interviewer about the level of supervision in this particular role. You want to make sure it's a good fit for you.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"I am a reliable employee who works hard, no matter who is watching. You can rest assured that I deliver great work at all times. Would you say that this role is loosely, or more closely, supervised?"

Admin
Answer example

"In my current role, I work under little supervision. I have been with my current employer for five years, and we have developed much trust. I certainly would not expect all the flexibility in the world right away. Would you mind elaborating on the workplace culture, namely the supervision levels, in this role?"

Manager
Answer example

"I am accustomed to very little supervision as a manager. Also, I offer a good amount of supervision for my team, but I also give them the flexibility to do what they do best, without unnecessary interference. Do you believe in close supervision or do you prefer a more hands-off approach with your employees?"

Marketing
Answer example

"I enjoy close supervision on particular areas of a project, and then I need room to work during other more independent project stages. I believe that a talented marketing director knows when to step in, and when to give room to work. Would you agree?"

Retail
Answer example

"In retail, there is a lot of close supervision especially when I work the same floor shifts as my manager. With that said, I am a hard worker and would have no issues when it comes to working more independently. I will deliver more than my base expectations, regardless of the supervision level. How would you describe the level of supervision in this role?"

Sales
Answer example

"The sales roles that I have worked have always offered a great deal of autonomy. I prefer working in an environment that offers an environment where I can freely deploy my methods to close sales and exceed my targets. I do understand that it takes some time to establish that level of trust; however. Would you say that this company offers a great deal of flexibility when it comes to supervision levels?"

Teacher
Answer example

"As a teacher, most of what I do is in an unsupervised environment. This fact is not to suggest that I have free reign in everything that I do. Low day-to-day supervision is simply the typical classroom environment. I am a responsible and independent person who can succeed in any role, regardless of high or low supervision levels."

Lifeguard
Answer example

"I am a reliable employee who works hard, no matter who is watching. You can rest assured that I deliver great work at all times. Would you say that this role is loosely, or more closely, supervised?"

Detective
Answer example

"My previous Captain was very confident in my ability to work successfully on my own. I am able to work well in a team setting and on my own. Neither scenario is a concern to my productivity."

XRay Technician
Answer example

"In my current role, I work on second shift where my direct supervisor and manager are not in-house for most of my shifts. I was entrusted with the lead role on our small team of second shift staff because of my ability to make critical decisions while following organizational procedures. "

Travel Nurse
Answer example

"I always knew I wanted to be a nurse; there was no doubt about that. When I began to research the different careers that are available for nurses, I was surprised to find out how much demand there is for travel nurses. I love what I do!"

Photojournalist
Answer example

"I work very well without much help, and in fact, I like working alone for most of the project. I enjoy seeing how far I can go without someone telling me how to change what I have done, and while I like some constructive criticism, I like the fun challenge of seeing how I can create my best work without anyone else."

Medical Laboratory Technician
Answer example

"If there is an immediate danger to a patient or someone in my care, I would make sure to offer assistance to get them to safety. I would then follow my supervisor's instruction or facility protocol."

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: 01/22/2019
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