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How would you handle working for a boss who was a poor communicator?

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

Nobody wants to work for a boss that is a bad communicator, but it can happen at times. Also, you may have a boss who is a great communicator and then has a blip from time to time. Assure the interviewer that you are capable of handling all types of communicators in the workplace. Show that you remain professional, calm, collected, and focused despite someone's else's communication style.

Professional Answer Examples
Answer example

"If I had a boss who was not a great communicator, I would ask them how they wanted me to communicate with them. Just because their communication style does not match mine, it does not make it wrong. I can certainly learn to work with their style so long as it remains professional and respectful."

Answer example

"I have had bosses in the past who were very brief in their communication and not able to easily provide me with instruction. In those instances, I can be very independent and take tasks into my own hands with minimal direction."

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"As a manager, I know how important is to be a highly effective communicator with your team and your clients. Could you describe to me the communication style of the person whom I would be reporting to in this role? If the individual is an inexperienced communicator, I can work with that, but I do not wish to collaborate with a supervisor who is unprofessional."

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"The times I have had supervisors, and coworkers whos communication skills are lacking, I will address the struggle with them. Kindly and professionally, of course. It's best to nip the situation in the bud and figure out a workaround rather than letting it sit and worsen."

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"In my current position, my district supervisor is rarely available. When he is, it's often quick text messages with errors. These messages are very challenging to decipher! I have learned to read his language, as well as read between the lines. It's all a learning experience!"

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"Communication is incredibly important to me since we all know that a poor communicator can damage a sale or important client relationship. If my boss were a bad communicator, I would try to keep them as far a distance from my client base as possible to avoid any damage."

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"I have worked with leaders and Principals who could be clearer communicators than they are. I try to stay in my lane and continue doing my job exactly as I would with a boss who was the most excellent communicator in the world. Simply put, I do not let the communication style of others affect my quality of work."

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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