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How do you build rapport with your clients?

1 of 20 Communication Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Written on August 11th, 2018 | 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 interviewer would like to know your methods when it comes to getting to know your customers and building trust with them. When you have a great relationship with the stakeholders, you will be more successful in your work and more likely to stay longer-term.

Some ways that you can build rapport with your clients include:

- Do what you say that you will
- Ask them questions about themselves
- Use the same jargon and industry terms they use
- Set clear expectations, on both sides, from the start
- Remember their names
- Show your extensive knowledge base
- Always be presentable in looks and actions

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"To build client rapport, I ensure always to do what I say that I will. My clients need to be able to rely on me, and feel 100% confident that I will deliver over and above their expectations at all times."

Admin
Answer example

"In my current organization, I am usually the first person that a potential new client sees. To build rapport, I make sure always to look and act presentable. First impressions truly are everything! I am always friendly, available to help, and with a smile. If I do not know the answer to their question, I will go the extra mile to find out, rather than saying 'I don't know.'"

Manager
Answer example

"The fastest way to build rapport with my clients is to always deliver on time and a better product or service than they initially expected. When a client can trust that you have their back, they will give you more business and tell others about you in return."

Marketing
Answer example

"I am a naturally curious person which means that I often build a rapport with my clients by asking them questions about themselves. I like to know about their business, their career path, family, hobbies, and how they got to where they are today. Most people enjoy talking about themselves, so this approach is usually a very successful one."

Retail
Answer example

"I find in fashion, and retail in general, employees will use subjective terms that clients do not understand. When I am explaining the features of a product or garment, I like to use terms that the clients would use, and understand. I feel that speaking on the customers' level of understanding is a fast way to build a rapport with them."

Sales
Answer example

"The number one rule of sales, and building a solid rapport with your client base, is to remember! Remember their names, their kids' names, important dates, where they went on vacation, and their favorite lunch spot. When you remember details, it shows that you care. This approach has never failed me."

Teacher
Answer example

"Building rapport with my students and their parents is crucial to me. By displaying that I care, and showing the expertise that I have in the areas of Science and Spanish, the students are more willing to listen to what I have to say. In turn, the parents are more collaborative when it comes to homework assignments, and times when I may ask the students to study a little bit harder."

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.
Published: 08/11/2018
*Specific career answer examples vary on published date
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