Competency 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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How did you maintain a good relationship with your most recent boss?

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Competency Interview Questions & Answers

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    How did you maintain a good relationship with your most recent boss?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know that you are capable of maintaining a harmonious relationship with those who are considered your leaders.

      If your relationship with your boss wasn't fantastic, what efforts did you take to make it better? Here are some suggestions:

      - Try to understand what your boss values the most
      - Keep your cool, even when you want to lose it
      - Anticipate their needs and stay one step ahead
      - Take leadership opportunities to show your worth
      - Adapt to their preferences

      Some basic ground rules for a stable working relationship with your boss are open communication, proactive listening, and not taking things personally. Discuss the ways that you cultivated a healthy relationship with your boss.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "My current boss is a very particular individual. Over the years I have taken the time to understand her preferences, her stress triggers, and what she enjoys seeing in my work. I find that if I stay one step ahead and maintain a positive attitude, we can work productively together."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "I value having a strong working relationship with my boss. I want to learn what they do and take on as much work to help our team as possible. I scheduled regular update meetings with my boss and went the extra mile wherever I could."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "Communication. I always let my boss know where I stood on projects. Sometimes the communications were daily, sometimes weekly, depending on the situation. There were never any surprises."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "I genuinely like my current boss. I reached out to her specifically because I liked her, her company, and platform. We have good communication and can give each other honest and open feedback, which I think is important for our relationship as well as the business."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "I maintained a great relationship with my most recent boss by readily accepting feedback and implementing it immediately. He is a very busy person, and I learned early on that he needed to know that his advice meant something to me."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "I find it important to understand what motivates my boss and what his pain points are. I can not only make myself more valuable by taking some items off of his plate, but I can also help collaborate on issues with him. Spending time understanding who he is as a person, so we develop a strong rapport, allows us to work collaboratively and effectively, all the while enjoying our time together."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview

      "I find maintaining good relationships with bosses pretty natural. I show them respect as well as maintain interest in their professional opinion and personal life and treat them with kindness. It's a pretty sure fire way to stay in good standing. I ask her opinion on my curriculum, to be observed and evaluated, and for feedback. All of these factors culminate in a solid relationship based on mutual respect."

      2 Community Answers

      Anonymous Answer

      "I try to finish my task on time; if I have any question or struggling with the job I ask for help, I put myself away from workplace conflict. I am focusing on the task."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Great strategy for maintaining a strong relationship with you boss. Well done!

      "I maintain a good relationship with my boss by finishing my tasks on time, asking for help when I struggle, focusing on my job, and staying away from workplace conflict."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I cultivated a healthy and positive relationship with my boss by setting expectations from each other and open communication through formal or informal catch-ups. I know what my boss expects of me, and so I always aim to exceed those expectations. I received a rating of 2 on my recent performance evaluation, which meant I often exceed performance expectations. I am pro-active and always on top of what my boss assigned me to do."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Healthy relationships are very important, and it's great that you recognize this and are able to nurture them in your current workplace. Your answer should instill a lot of confidence in the interviewer.

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