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Competency Interview

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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.

Competency was updated on May 4th, 2019. Learn more here.

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What feedback did you receive from your most recent manager?

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Competency Interview

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    What feedback did you receive from your most recent manager?

      How to Answer

      Every manager has a different approach to giving feedback. Some prefer to save it for the performance review while others dish it out on the regular. Your response to feedback is much more important than the feedback itself. Even if it was negative, if you can take it as constructive criticism, you can improve yourself and your skills.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "My manager told me that I was spending too much time on the details of a project. I realized that I could be such a perfectionist that I lose track of time and am often hyper-focus on things that just aren't that important. I'm learning to prioritize the steps I need to take, and the required tasks when working on a bigger project."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "My last performance review was positive. I was given kudos for completing tasks on schedule and occasionally ahead of schedule."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "As a manager, I most often give feedback to my team, so when I receive feedback, it feels great. Recently my operations director asked me to give more detailed notes in our CRM. He felt that I wasn't as thorough as I could be. Since then I have readily implemented his feedback."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "My most recent supervisor commended how hard I worked and gave me additional responsibilities beyond what I was hired to do, which was a huge compliment. I feel highly of my work ethic and talent. The areas for improvement she pointed out where not getting caught up in the details of a project, which I know I can spend too much time on."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "I frequently received and gave feedback on my last job. I proactively scheduled a weekly touch base with my manager to seek out feedback and connect on pressing issues. The feedback was often positive, and I would take the lead navigating situations I was unclear on by enlisting the expertise of my peers."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "My manager and the company as a whole had the philosophy of on the fly feedback. Something my manager pointed out to me was that I could get possessive about a project and want to complete it entirely on my own, rather than bringing in help when I should. Since then, I have worked to determine the best partners for any given project, collaboratively work on an outline and delegation of tasks, a simple project management system, and scheduled check-ins so we are all held accountable and can ensure we are each making it happen in a timely fashion. I appreciated this feedback. It's helped me address something that has been hindering my growth and productivity for some time."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview

      "I'm happy to say that I typically have received glowing reports from my Principals. The main area for improvement noted would be incorporating more standardized type testing into my teaching. I suppose it's a necessary evil, so I've begun doing cumulative unit tests four times per year so I can assess how they're learning, what they're retaining, and what we need to work on more."

      Rachelle's Answer for a MRI Technologist Interview

      "My manager told me that I was spending too much time on the unimportant details in my patient notes. I realized that I can be such a perfectionist that I lose track of time and am often hyper-focus on things that just aren't that important. I'm learning to prioritize particular patient details over others."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Internal Audit Manager Interview

      "If I were to gather the positive feedback from my supervisor I would say that she consistently comments on my high level of reliability and my strong skills in documentation. For constructive feedback, she has recommended that I take additional coursework in Excel as I am currently at an intermediate level and she would like to see me at an expert level."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Floral Designer Interview

      "My manager told me that I was spending too much time on the details of a project. I realized that I can be such a perfectionist that I lose track of time and hyper-focus on things that just aren't that important. I'm learning to prioritize the steps I need to take and the tasks that need to be completed when working on a bigger project."

      Marcie's Answer for an Account Manager Interview

      "At my last job, my manager told me that I was spending too much time on certain accounts. I realized that I had become so immersed in those specific relationships (because I saw huge opportunities there) that I wasn't paying enough attention to some of my other accounts. I recognized that he was right and from that point forward I made sure to better allocate my time and energy across all of my accounts."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Loss Prevention Interview

      "My manager would describe me as a hard worker, motivated and consistent. I always strive to exceed expectations when I can, and I feel like I did a good job of following through by meeting deadlines and completing projects as they were assigned."

      Heather's Answer for a Biological Scientist Interview

      "My manager told me that I was spending too much time on the details of a project. I realized that I could be such a perfectionist that I lose track of time and am often hyper-focus on things that just aren't that important. I'm learning to prioritize the steps I need to take, and the tasks that need to be completed when working on a bigger project."

      1 Community Answer

      Anonymous Answer

      "During a 1-2-1 my manager asked what I struggled with - I said that one of the things I have trouble with is sticking to the hours of work because I wanted to make sure that whoever picked up a task after me would not have to deal with too much - what this looked like is me answering a huge number of e-mails on a certain inbox, for example, with very high numbers, and working long hours. My manager told me that I needed to remember that 'customer service never ends' and that no matter how big of an impact I might make on an inbox, customers will keep coming and a high e-mail count will not change that. I needed that reminder, and it was nice to feel like my mental wellbeing was being taken care of too."

      Stephanie's Answer

      You do a good job here of sharing your manager's feedback, while still giving that feedback a positive spin and highlighting your strengths such as a strong work ethic and attention to detail. Good work!

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