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Communication Interview Questions

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Rachelle Enns is an interview coach and job search expert. She works with candidates to perform their best in employment, medical, and post-secondary admission interviews.

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When entering a new job, describe how you build relationships with your new coworkers and supervisors.

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Communication Interview Questions & Answers

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    When entering a new job, describe how you build relationships with your new coworkers and supervisors.

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know how you plan to start relationships with your new co-workers. Due to a wide variety of personalities, coworker connections can take time to form. How do you ensure that you have a strong line of communication with your co-workers and supervisors, right from the start?

      Here are some ideas for getting started on the right foot:

      - Be willing to accept feedback and help
      - Offer to join a committee or volunteer assistance in some way
      - Do not have an air of entitlement or act as though you know the ins and outs immediately
      - Avoid all company gossip, at all cost
      - Be thankful for the equipment that you have. Don't complain about your used computer or your slow dial out line!
      - Be early on your first day (and every day after that!)
      - Come dressed appropriately

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I understand that some relationships come quickly and others take time to nurture. When starting a new job all that I can do is be my true self and let my personality, integrity, and reliability speak for itself."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "I show up on time and dressed appropriately. I spend as much time as I can getting to know my new coworkers and telling them about myself and my family, and asking them about theirs. It is important to understand people on a bit of a personal level to know how to approach them."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "When I have a new team, I will hold a team-wide meeting and allow my new staff to ask me any questions they want. I let them voice their biggest concerns and present ideas to me about what we can do to fix them. This introduction builds a form of trust that most managers do not bother forming."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "I like to ask my new colleagues for their best marketing tip, and also what they are currently working on. Creative types like to bounce ideas off of others which makes these two questions a very effective way to get to know others in the industry."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "I understand that people like to talk about themselves. The best way that I can create new relationships with others is by asking them about themselves. Hopefully, we find common ground and make a quick connection!"

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "Salespeople love to talk so, when I first start a new job, I ask them about themselves and what makes them successful. This method nearly always opens up the floodgates, and I can make a fast connection."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview

      "First impressions are everything, and I make a strong attempt to build relationships with all of my faculty and student parents, right up front at starting a new job. I schedule meetings to make an introduction and ask discovery questions to learn how I can best support them when working together. It is also important to gain insight into their preferred methods of communications."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Police Dispatcher Interview

      "I will show up on time and dressed appropriately. I spend as much time as I can getting to know my new coworkers and telling them about myself and my family, and asking them about theirs. It is important to understand people on a bit of a personal level to know how to approach them."

      Heather's Answer for a Cardiovascular Technologist Interview

      "I understand that some relationships come quickly and others take time to nurture. When starting a new job all that I can do is be my true self and let my personality, integrity, and reliability speak for itself."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Internal Recruiter Interview

      "As a people-focused professional, I understand that some relationships come quickly and others take time to nurture. When starting a new job, I am my true self and let my personality, integrity, and reliability speak for themselves. I also understand that people like to talk about their lives. I can create new relationships with others by asking them about their life, interests, and accomplishments. From there, we can find common ground and make a lasting connection."

      2 Community Answers

      Anonymous Answer

      "When entering a new job, I build relationships by being polite and respective of people's space and time. I ask questions that help me learn about the other person so that I understand what is important to them, then I gradually share my experiences and let them know who I am. I then build trust by doing what I say, being reliable, and by supporting my coworkers."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Awesome answer! You have a lot of excellent detail in here.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "When I have a new team, I make sure that I hold a team-wide meeting. I will allow new staff to ask questions and concerns and also bring to the table new and creative ideas that will help develop the company and create a very welcoming environment for everyone."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Providing a warm, welcoming environment is a great way to build these new relationships. Great suggestions!

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