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Tell me about your relationship with your previous boss.

This question has been answered 17 times by professional recruiters and hiring managers. View their answers below.

Advice
The interviewer would like to know about your relationship with your most recent employer. Be sure to remain positive, even if the experience wasn't. Avoid talking about any previous drama and do not speak poorly of your employer. Keep your answer short and respectful.

Admin answer example
"My previous boss and I got along well. We had very different interests, so we did not spend a lot of time chatting, but our work interests were aligned, and we respected each other."
Alcohol and Drug Counselor answer example
"My boss taught me the importance of precision. He was particular about every little detail, from preparing for client appointments to filling out reports. I learned how to fine tune my skills and identify the slightest details that could make all the difference in a life or death situation."
Basic answer example
"I had a very healthy relationship with my previous employer. She was easy to approach, and we would bounce ideas off of each other quite often. I would sum it up as a relationship lead by strong mutual respect."
Benefits Manager answer example
"Remain positive, when answering this question, even if the experience wasn't. Avoid talking about any previous drama and do not speak poorly of your employer. Keep your answer short and respectful. If you had a good relationship with your previous boss: "I had a very healthy relationship with my previous employer. She was easy to approach, and we would bounce ideas off of each other quite often. I would sum it up as a relationship lead by strong mutual respect." If you did not have a good relationship with your previous boss: "I have had healthier relationships in the past with previous employers, but we did the best that we could. Our communication styles were very different which made it challenging at times."
Building Inspector answer example
"When you answer this question be sure to remain positive, even if the experience wasn't. Avoid talking about any previous drama and do not speak poorly of your employer. Keep your answer short and respectful. If you did not have a good relationship with your previous boss: "I have had healthier relationships in the past with previous employers, but we did the best that we could. Our communication styles were very different which made it challenging at times."
Cashier answer example
"You got along with your leadership team great! The interviewer wants to hear that you talk about your leadership team in a positive manner. Think about 2-3 things you really liked about your past management team. Begin by telling the interviewer that you got along well with the team, and share the 2-3 things that you really liked about their leadership. You might share that they were always willing to answer any questions you may have had. You might share that they always had a positive attitude. You may even share that you liked that they cared about you as a person and got to know you by having simple conversations with you during the course of your employment."
Direct Support Professional answer example
"When you answer this question be sure to remain positive, even if the experience wasn't. Avoid talking about any previous drama and do not speak poorly of your employer. Keep your answer short and respectful. If you had a good relationship with your previous boss: "I had a very healthy relationship with my previous employer. She was easy to approach and we would bounce ideas off of each other quite often. I would sum it up as a relationship lead by a strong mutual respect." If you did not have a good relationship with your previous boss: "I have had healthier relationships in the past with previous employers but we did the best that we could. Our communication styles were very different which made it challenging at times."
Health Information Technician answer example
" “My last boss taught me the importance of effective time management. She was extremely deadline-driven. Her no-nonsense attitude pushed me to work harder, and to meet deadlines I never even thought were possible. I definitely learned from her."
Laboratory Assistant answer example
"When you answer this question, be sure to remain positive, even if the experience wasn't. Avoid talking about any previous drama and do not speak poorly of your employer. Keep your answer short and respectful. If you had a good relationship with your previous boss: "I had a very healthy relationship with my previous employer. She was easy to approach, and we would bounce ideas off of each other quite often. I would sum it up as a relationship lead by strong mutual respect." If you did not have a good relationship with your previous boss: "I have had healthier relationships in the past with previous employers, but we did the best that we could. Our communication styles were very different which made it challenging at times."
Manager answer example
"My previous boss and I had a great working relationship. We were in sync when it came to accomplishing things we needed to do in our department. We scheduled weekly touch base meetings to stay current on our progress and address any issues that came up along the way. I learned a lot from them on leadership while adding great value to the team."
Paramedic answer example
"I improved upon my time management skills greatly, because my boss was extremely efficient. I learned ways to maximize the short time I had for breaks and how to move quickly without making mistakes during emergency situations."
Preschool Teacher answer example
"When you answer this question, remain positive, even if the experience wasn't. Avoid talking about any previous drama and do not speak poorly of your employer. Keep your answer short and respectful. If you had a good relationship with your previous director: "I had a very healthy relationship with my previous employer. She was easy to approach, and we would bounce ideas off of each other quite often. I would sum it up as a relationship lead by strong mutual respect." If you did not have a good relationship with your previous boss: "I have had healthier relationships in the past with previous employers, but we did the best that we could. Our communication styles were very different which made it challenging at times."
Retail answer example
"My previous boss spent a lot of time mentoring me when I first started working at the store. She is the regional manager but held my role before her promotion. We get along very well, and she has already agreed to provide a positive reference on my behalf."
Sales answer example
"I have had healthier relationships with previous employers, but my most recent boss and I did the best that we could. Our communication styles were very different which made it challenging at times."
Secretary answer example
"My previous boss and I had a great working relationship. We were in sync when it came to accomplishing things we needed to do in our department. We scheduled weekly touch base meetings to stay current on our progress and address any issues that came up along the way. I learned a lot from them on leadership while adding great value to the team."
Teacher answer example
"My most recent Principal was an inspiration to me and helped to guide my career in education for the past three years. I have the utmost respect for her."
Warehouse Supervisor answer example
"You get along with them great! Interviewers need to hear that you are a team-player supporting leadership and that you communicate well with people at all levels of the organization. Begin by telling the interviewer that you get along great with company leadership, and you trust their expertise to make great decisions! Next, share how often you are accustomed to communicating with your superiors. You may talk with them daily, or you may only communicate with them quarterly. Whatever your communication scenario, openly share it with the interviewer."

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Tell me about your relationship with your previous boss.
1.
My relationship with management remained professional and courteous. I would say that we got along quite well.
2.
I got along with management very well. It was not an unusual friendship but based upon respect.
3.
Staying focused and executing my duties in proffessional manner.
4.
I got along well with management. Our relationship was professional and we always spoke courteously to one another.
5.
In my past work, we all trained working harmoniously on all staff and the management since we all are seeong each other daily but we are also trained to kept reminded to act on what and where our station is.
6.
Great ive seen in past experiences you only dont get along if your not following rules.
7.
Very well, it was give and take with a lot of cooperation between all parties. Keeping in mind that the supervisor makes the final decision.
8.
Never worked before just volunteered.
9.
I get a long with my past managers well. In the past they would request immediate demands like ensuring all the piled up work is done within an hour to accommodate other work and I would finish it in maximum 30 mins.
10.
Very well no wonder I stayed for 3 years.
11.
It was outstanding and manage to do everything as it required and I manage to done the reports on time.
12.
I cannot answer this question.
13.
Fine, we were close and found to have a lot in common which helped us work better together.
14.
We talked every time we were at work, I work well under management.
15.
I had never had any problem with any management of my past employment. I believe in working as a team worker.
16.
Untill the contract ends.
17.
I had developed a positive relationship with my manager. Kept a timeline commitments.I used to communicate with my manager daily or weekly to build the relationship.Provide a positive contribution to my success, made my boss fell valued.
18.
My previous employer was happy with my services.
19.
Very well. I am an easygoing person.
20.
I would say working with them gives me an opportunity to make my job more challenging.
21.
We had a good working relationship.
22.
I had never a problem with my past management. They enjoyed having me as their employee.
23.
This is my first job I'm applying for.
24.
I had a real good relationship with the assistant manager, she was a great listener and she knew if I was having a bad or a good day.
25.
Really well, I tried my best to be on their good side and followed all their rules.
26.
Fine, there was no much to any conflict with management.
27.
I don't have any experience in work.
28.
I always got on well as I treated people with respect and received the same back in return. I listened to any criticism in a constructive manner.
29.
I haven't had professional experience before but I do household chores which I am payed for and I got along weel in terms of completing everything I am asked when asked.
30.
It was a good experiences.
31.
Respected the management.
32.
I got along with management quite well.
33.
I worked with my all abilities.
34.
I always like work in a team and I am always supportive to my manager. I always try my best to work hard and honestly so manager also praise my work and me.
35.
We got along great . We had a good work relationship.
36.
I got along well with management. I was available when they needed me, teachable about new skills and products. I also learned from them of how to handle conflict.
37.
Management before is not so okey but still I do my part as an employer of the company to do my job.
38.
I get along well by performing well the tasks given to me.
39.
I was so feeling comfortable and very relax .
40.
I got along well with the management at my past employment.
41.
I got along very well with management. I was at McDonald's for two and a half years so they were like my second family.
42.
We got along well and cooperated as a team.
43.
I well very hard and always do things o and time.
44.
I got a long with management really well, we communicated often and changed things as needed to fit the needs of our crew and the program.
45.
Eveyday, I write a list my works must do and I orgnized priority works to ahead. I always plan a schedule for weekly. Monthly, quartly and yearly.
46.
I know I will get along with any managers, peers or customers. I am very respectful so i.
47.
We are professionals.. As long as you follow the rules there shall not be any problem.
48.
I got along with them very well.
49.
I get along with them very well.
50.
I got fired because I did not get a long with them.
51.
So far I have not had any problem or minunderstanding with management at my past employment.
52.
I was taught to respect all authority figures as I would respect my own parents, thus never once have I ever encountered a problem with management.
53.
I very much enjoyed working with my manager as well as my coworkers. It was an open environment in which you could express concerns and new ideas freely.
54.
I got along well with management I enjoyed their teaching ability they were very good at their job and I respected that.
55.
I am always good and recpectfull.
56.
Very well management didnt have a problem with me.
57.
I really liked everyone at my last emploment the y were great.
58.
Very well. They were very understanding and if I had any questions answered them.
59.
I havent had a job in a long time but during my past jobs I was able to get along with every one well.
60.
I goal on excellent with management.
61.
I got along very well with them.
62.
As I have never been employed before, I cannot fully answer this. However, I get along very well with people in positions of authority in my life, such as teachers or parents.
63.
Very well, but the boundary between management and associate was well intact and respected.
64.
I got along with them well, it was a friendly enviroment and I felt I could go to them for any reason.
65.
I had Very good relationship with management.
66.
I considered my past employment as a fun place. I've met many coworkers during my time there and we got along pretty well with each other. There was no time, my co-workers felt like they could not approach me when they needed help with a customer or project.
67.
I had a great relationshmwith management, was able to discuss issues and r drive feedback from them.
68.
I got on very well with my last supervisor they were supportive and had excellent leadership qualities.
69.
I got all along well with management, even though at times there were different views on how to get the job done.
70.
I would say that we get along quite well. My relationship with management remained professional and courteous.
71.
Good working promote me to the longest time.
72.
I did a very good job there.
73.
I am not a paramedic yet, I know there is a lot more to being a paramedic than saving lives that is a small part of the role.
74.
Yes and make a difference in the community.
75.
No, I became a Paramedic to help people and to try to make a difference. I realise that this difference is often going to be small - but that it can add up to something that saves lives. Every so often however, you do get to save a life as a Paramedic, and it means a lot to be able to do that too.
76.
Yes and no, that is part of the job but also to make a meaningful difference to people who do not need life saving care.
77.
I would like to think I could save lives but I became a paramedic to assist in any emergency and to use my training as needed.
78.
I became a paramedic not to save lives. Thats a doctors job. But I did it to be able to provide the best possible care, and chance for lives to be spared by the hospitals.
79.
No. I want to help people and saving lives is just an extension of that.
80.
No. I have saved lives befrore.
81.
I became a paramedic to help others in their time of need.
82.
I want to become a paramedic as part of a greater plan to bring more and better health-care to the people of my community. I would save a life if I needed to, assuming that I have the capabilities, knowledge, and equipment necessary. So yes, saving lives is on my agenda.
83.
Of course, not just save lives, and help with illnesses and injuries, but that is a typical job of a paramedic helping people to live..
84.
Helping people is what I love doing, saving lives is even better but I understand this is not always possible, I know you are not supposed to dwell on past scenarios but those are the ones we learn from and may adapt next time we come across.
85.
It was a very good work relationship.
86.
It was good and I have learned so many things in his supervision.
87.
I always understood my responsibilities and got the job done.
88.
We got along great. We'd developed a friendship before I ever went to work with him, and that friendship has continued. While I recognized that he was my superior, and accepted his leadership, our relationship continued and never got in the way of what needed to be done.
89.
Very well he learnt me alot about the best ways things should be lifted and give me alot of good feedback.
90.
I got along well with my supervisor, not really any problems and I though he was a good person over all treated everyone well.
91.
Really good. They offered my job back but.
92.
I usually get along with most people and work well with teammates.
93.
My boss was very friendly and treated each person with respect. She worked well around the schedules of people who were in school, as well who had other jobs. Also, she made sure everyone was on the right track when it came to making sure we made our targets, she was a great coach for the staff.
94.
My previous boss was great! He looked out for me and we still have a great relationship. He was also a student which made us very like minded.
95.
My previous boss was actually my Aunt, I worked for her at her business. I enjoyed that though it was very clear that she was my boss, we had a wonderful friendly relationship that made working for her a very enjoyable experience. One thing that I disliked however was that I found from having to live with her, and as a result spending many more hours with her that I normally would have under any other circumstances, I found that constant contact to become a little wearing.
96.
He was very easy going. Gave clear direction of what was expected of me and was easy to get a hold of incase I had any questions regarding my task or a shift.
97.
I liked my previous boss because he was patient and understanding. He was a perfectionist which I could relate to.
98.
Good. There was a good of communication.
99.
It is frank and easy to coordinate.
100.
I liked that my previous boss was like a friend rather then a boss.
101.
I have a very good understanding with him. Whenever I feel I need help he always help me.

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