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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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In your opinion, why is it important to develop relationships with coworkers?

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    In your opinion, why is it important to develop relationships with coworkers?

      How to Answer

      This answer may seem obvious to you because enjoying your time with coworkers is sometimes the best part of the job! If you aren't a naturally social person, this question may seem more challenging to answer.

      Talk to the interviewer about how you develop relationships with coworkers when you start a new job. Think about what is important to you about these relationships. Do your co-workers motivate you when you feel overworked? Do your coworkers give you a reason to show up to work when your boss has been giving you a hard time?

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I value my relationships with my coworkers because we support each other and make each other laugh when the work environment becomes intense. I have a coworker that I eat lunch with every day. We've helped each other out by simply listening to what's going on in each other's lives. It's nice to have colleagues who understand you on a personal level."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "People are the bread and butter of any organization. Our ability to work well together determines our success. Therefore, it is critical to create great working relationships."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "As a manager who runs a team of 15 people, I fully understand that coworkers can make or break you if you have to depend on their work to do yours. It is always best to have friendly working relationships with them."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "To accomplish anything in a job, you need your team members. They are who you rely on to get a project done, to call in when you need advice, and to help pick up the slack when you're in a pinch. If you don't have a good rapport with your co-workers, you won't be able to do any of those things, and therefore, you cannot be as effective at your job."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "You spend more times with your coworkers than anyone else! If you don't get along, you are in for a very long week. I get along with my coworkers by being courteous, helpful, and respectful of their time. I show up to my shift when expected, bring them coffee after my lunch break, or assist with product questions when they come up."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "Culture is an important aspect of any organization. I've had toxic workplace cultures where it feels like high school, and I've had pleasant collaborative ones also. It's essential to me to like at least some of the people I work with, so I make a point to grab a coffee, lunch, or a drink with the ones who seem like-minded."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview

      "To get anything done, you need to have a good relationship with your teammates. For me in particular, I know that I have to have a strong relationship as much as possible with the classroom teachers since I conduct my lessons in their classrooms. I need to make sure that we have a mutually respectful relationship."

      3 Community Answers

      Anonymous Answer

      "I believe that develop a healthy and positive relationship is key, in particular in a role like this one. My colleagues know me for my reliability, and, with time, I have shown them that I am a team player, and they can trust me. This makes the daily flow of activities much smoother and, sincerely, the opportunity of working in a good environment, with a little laugher ( in particular when a committee has long hours of informal consultations or night sessions), it's a great added value."

      Rachelle's Answer

      These are all excellent reasons to maintain great working relationships. Your answer shows clear insight. Great work!

      "I believe that to develop healthy and positive relationships is key, in particular for a role like this one. My colleagues know me for my reliability as I have shown them that I am a team player, and they can trust me. This trust makes the daily flow of activities much smoother. To work in a good environment, with a little laughter, is a great added value."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Practically because, out of 24 hours a day, I spent 8 hours on sleep, 16 hours awake and out that 8 hours I spend at work, ad rest 8 hours doing other necessary tasks. So working hours, I spend almost 50 % of my awakening time. So, it is essential to develop a good relationship with a co-worker because he or she can be a real help when sometime you need a find a solution or need a second set of eye."

      Rachelle's Answer

      I see what you are going for here, and it's a great point! I have reworded slightly to help with flow and avoid repetition.

      "I spend nearly 50% of my time awake at work so, practically speaking, it's important to enjoy who I am around. I also like to develop good co-working relationships so that we can rely on each other for solutions and feedback."

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