When you answer this question, draw from your last performance review and/or a piece of feedback you have received from your most recent boss or coworkers. You do not want to simply guess what your manager thinks of you. Solidify your answer by referring to the strong employment references you are able to provide.
"In my recent performance reviews and discussions, my manager describes me as a hard worker, motivated, and consistent employee. I always strive to exceed expectations when I can. My current manager is happy to speak on my behalf as a positive reference as well."
"My last manager and I had a close relationship. She really appreciated all of my efforts when it came to working overtime and taking my work home when required. I believe she would describe me as unique, reliable and energetic."
"My manager and I get along well. He valued my knowledge and abilities and gave me the freedom to do my job however I wanted, as long as I got the job done. I think he would tell you that I am dedicated and will go the extra mile to deliver results."
Sales answer example
"My manager has always had really nice things to say about me. In my most recent performance review, just after being promoted to my new role, he expressed how impressed he was when I exceeded my first monthly sales target within the first week on the job, and also mentioned how he appreciates my initiative into tackling new projects such as the new market I am working on from scratch.
I feel fortunate to have always had great rapport with my managers and while I don't want to tip this current one off to me leaving, I would be happy to put you in touch with my two previous supervisors when the time comes."
Retail answer example
"My most recent manager would be a glowing reference, and actually can be, since she has since left the company. She actually lobbied for my promotion into her prior role and taught me so much. She would describe me as dedicated, loyal, a quick learner, and flexible. I am proud of these traits and love that she has, and others have, recognized them in me!"
Teacher answer example
"My department lead at my current school would describe me as impassioned, excited, and dedicated, as you can see in my review from last year. I am very proud that my passion and love for the language and the job has been so clearly communicated with my department, students, and coworkers."
Marketing answer example
"My current manager has reviewed me noting that I am a hard worker, dependable, and effective in my execution. My results would corroborate this as well, and I also would happily provide Ashley as a reference when we get to that stage."