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Tell me about your relationship with your previous boss.

Compatibility Interview Questions

  1. 1.

    Tell me about your relationship with your previous boss.

      How to Answer

      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.

      Answer Examples

      Rachelle's Answer

      "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."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "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."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "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."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "I have worked for the same boss for the past eight years. We have an incredible working relationship, taking every opportunity to learn together and bounce ideas off of each other. He will provide an excellent reference once we get to that stage."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "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."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "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."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview

      "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."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Building Inspector Interview

      "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."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Benefits Manager Interview

      "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.
      OR
      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."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Secretary Interview

      "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."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Direct Support Professional Interview

      "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."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Laboratory Assistant Interview

      "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."

      Ryan's Answer for a Preschool Teacher Interview

      "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."

      William's Answer for a Computer Hardware Engineer Interview

      "While multiprocessing and multitasking sound the same, they're different. Multiprocessing describes the ability of a central processing unit or CPU to execute multiple computer programs simultaneously. Computer hardware systems contain CPUs with multiple processors to enhance their multiprocessing capabilities. Multitasking is the ability of one multiprocessor, which can either stand-alone or be one of several processors within a CPU to switch between multiple programs that are running at the same time."

      Heather's Answer for an Alcohol and Drug Counselor Interview

      "My former 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 tune my skills and identify the slightest details that could make all the difference in a life or death situation."

      Heather's Answer for a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Interview

      "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."

      Krista's Answer for a Respiratory Therapy Technicians Interview

      "The last respiratory therapist I worked with was very kind to the patients and me. She was a great mentor, had an excellent bedside manner, and taught me invaluable skills. It was important to her that everyone was treated fairly and with the best customer service we could provide."

      Anonymous Answer

      "I had a good relationship with my previous boss. She was easy to approach and always offered new ideas to me. I feel we had a good working relationship. I have a lot of respect for her."

      Rachelle's Answer

      The respect that you display for your previous boss comes across as very genuine. Good response.

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