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How do you handle working with little to no supervision?

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    How do you handle working with little to no supervision?

      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.

      Since this question is framed as, 'How do you...' it is acceptable to use a hypothetical story example, giving a general overview of how you would react in this situation.

      However, if you want to use a real-life example, try forming a response using the STAR method. STAR is an acronym for Situation, Task, Action, Result. Organizing your response using this framework will ensure that you provide the interviewer with the right amount of information and detail to form a compelling answer.

      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.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "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?"

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Admin interview

      "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?"

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Manager interview

      "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?"

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Marketing interview

      "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?"

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Retail interview

      "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?"

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Sales interview

      "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?"

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Teacher interview

      "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. Little day-to-day supervision is simply a typical classroom environment. I am a responsible and independent person who can succeed in any role, regardless of high or low supervision levels."

      Ryan's Answer
       for a Lifeguard interview

      "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?"

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Detective interview

      "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."

      Ryan's Answer
       for a XRay Technician interview

      "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. "

      Darby's Answer
       for a Travel Nurse interview

      "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!"

      Christina's Answer
       for a Photojournalist interview

      "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."

      Heather's Answer

      "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."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Investigator interview

      "In my current role, I work with minimal supervision. I perform my documentation and research independently, and then I collaborate with my team when it comes to some strategize on a case, or lining up interviews. I am receptive to feedback and take direction well, making me a strong candidate for roles that offer minimal supervision."

      Anonymous Answer

      "I am accustomed to very little supervision as a manager. I am aware of all my responsibilities and see to it that I fulfill them. I supervise my team but in a flexible manner to let them do what they do best without unnecessary interference."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Good answer, just some sentence replacement for a more fluid flow.

      "Having been in a manager role, I am accustomed to very little supervision. I take direction well and fulfill my responsibilities independently. As a supervisor, I don't micromanage and am flexible with my team to let them work as they like, with little interference from me."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I work the same way with or without a supervisor. I am very reliable and will do the best that I can do, no matter who is around."

      Rachelle's Answer

      It seems that you are consistent and very reliable, which any interviewer should be happy to hear.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I worked in my current role with close supervision, and now I'm working from home with the same efforts and responsibilities with very low supervision. I will do my best with or without supervision."

      Stephanie's Answer

      You do a good job of showing how well you work with little supervision, giving the pandemic's work form home orders as an example.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I have found that I am a self-motivated worker who is very reliable no matter what. I have no issues getting all of my work done for the day that is high-quality work, and I usually have time left over at the end of the day to assist other technicians with their work."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Excellent response! It's nice that you help the other technicians when time allows. Your answer highlights the fact that you are a hard worker and a real team player.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I am a self-motivated individual who requires little supervision. I need to know what the expectations are for my team and me so that I can develop a business plan."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Great! With an answer like this, the interviewer should feel very confident in your ability to work independently.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I am accustomed to that. In regards to a direct Legal report, I do not have any. I have successfully managed the department, and the company has duly recognized my excellent work by doubling my pay during the last two years I have worked."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Your pay raise is a major accomplishment, and great proof to the interviewer that you are a highly capable individual.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I am a self-starter, and I am motivated to get my job done, whether anyone is watching or not. I currently do not have any close supervision, and very few of my managers have felt the need to watch me closely."

      Kristine's Answer

      Great answer! It's clear your employer trusts you to do your work well. This question also allows you to learn more about the level of supervision in the role, so after you answer the question, you may ask the interviewer to elaborate on the level of supervision.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I work well without supervision, but it is always nice to see a boss and know she will be there when needed."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Your answer shows an ability to work independently but also shows a desire for community and collaboration, which is nice and honest!

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I consider myself to be a very reliable employee that can produce the same amount of work with or without supervision. Once the charter is established and the project is initiated, I only need to rely on my technical resources."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Wonderful! You sound highly capable and confident.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I am accustomed to very little supervision as a senior researcher in my group. I am aware of all my responsibilities and see to it that I fulfill them. I supervise my junior team members in their research but in a flexible manner to let them do what they do best without unnecessary interference."

      Cindy's Answer

      Ok, this answer communicates your independence so good work.

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