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

1 of 25 Competency Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on June 29th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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?

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"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."

Admin
Answer example

"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."

Manager
Answer example

"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."

Marketing
Answer example

"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."

Retail
Answer example

"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."

Sales
Answer example

"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."

Teacher
Answer example

"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."

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
First written on: 08/10/2016
Last modified on: 06/29/2018

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