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What feedback did you receive from your most recent manager?

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

Written 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

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.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"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."

Admin
Answer example

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

Manager
Answer example

"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."

Marketing
Answer example

"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."

Retail
Answer example

"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."

Sales
Answer example

"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."

Teacher
Answer example

"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."

MRI Technologist
Answer example

"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."

Internal Audit Manager
Answer example

"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."

Floral Designer
Answer example

"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."

Loss Prevention
Answer example

"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."

Biological Scientist
Answer example

"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."

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.
Published: 06/29/2018
*Specific career answer examples vary on published date

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What feedback did you receive from your most recent manager?
1.
Not much, positive or negative. It would have been nice to have a more in depth form of communication with my supervisor pertaining to my performance.
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I met ad exceeded my metrics the entire time I was employed.I was told that I am kind and respectful, good listener, and the desire to solve problems.
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