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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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Do you have a best friend at work? Is it important for you to have close friendships within the workplace?

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    Do you have a best friend at work? Is it important for you to have close friendships within the workplace?

      How to Answer

      Studies show that having friends at work is critical to the overall success of you as an employee and the company as a whole. Having a friend at work can significantly reduce stress and increase feelings of happiness, which, in turn, boosts employee tenure. Reportedly, more than half of all men and women have workplace friendships. If you do not see the need for this type of close connection at work, be sure to have a compelling reason why you feel this way. Still, be sure to express your ability to be friendly with your coworkers.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I do have a handful of wonderful friendships at work. I believe in the importance of making meaningful connections in the workplace because this can boost morale and reduce stress. When I experience an event in the workplace; be it a challenge, a promotion, or a notable win, I love the fact that I can share the news with someone else who understands what I am going through. There is something different about this type of connection versus going home to family or my spouse and trying to explain the ins and outs of the situation."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Although I have not made a best-friend connection at work, I am very open to the idea. I can see how it would be a significant benefit to an employee and the company alike. I am always very friendly with my coworkers and open to sharing ideas, wins, and even attending activities such as after-work drinks. It is important to make connections to boost mood and morale."

      8 Community Answers

      Anonymous Answer

      "Yes, it is very important for me to connect with people. I believe that you can win people by winning their feelings. As a leader, I always try to make a strong bond with people and have a transparent, genuine relationship. Always align and motivate people for a purposeful common vision"

      Marcie's Answer

      Nice! It's great that you enjoy connecting with others. Don't forget to clearly and directly answer the question, however. In other words, do you have a best friend at work? If so, talk a bit about this person and how their friendship motivates you to be a better employee.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "In the role of HR - it is not easy to have a best friend, as you need to appear neutral. That said, I do form close relationships with my peers, my supervisor, and my leaders. I also form connections with as many associates as possible, so when I see them, I call them by name, I can ask them about their family, their vacation and their hobbies. I like to establish camaraderie with an assortment of associates."

      Rachelle's Answer

      You show a good professional balance in your answer. Very wise to remain neutral in an HR role :)

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I have many friends at work. It is very important for me to form a connection and have close friendships at work. I get a lot of satisfaction from working with my teammates because we have a shared goal of making the team a success. Sharing ideas, success, and failures. The ultimate goal is the improve patient outcomes."

      Stephanie's Answer

      It sounds like you get along well with others, which is wonderful. However, I suggest adding a sentence or two about your ability to collaborate successfully at work with teammates who don't become close friends. How are you able to successfully navigate working with all different types of personality types? After all, work friendships are great, but these may not happen naturally in every workplace setting.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I do feel workplace friendships are important. You are spending 8+hrs a day with the same people and have shared goals for the company. A strong team only works when everyone works together well for a shared goal."

      Marcie's Answer

      Nice! It's great that you value workplace friendships. Can you talk about a close friendship that you currently have at work and how it benefits you and the company? Does this friendship keep your morale up at work, which helps to keep you motivated and productive? Is there a healthy competition there that encourages you to be more efficient and faster? You might also mention that while you value friendships at work, you're also adaptable and don't need deep friendships to get your work done.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I think friendship at work is important. We need people we can support and reason things out with. It is important to sound out plans, ideas, and solutions with someone. Thinking out loud presents information differently. Also, a partner that can do an open house for you. Or show a property for you is important. Sometimes we cannot be in two places at one time."

      Rachelle's Answer

      You bring up many good reasons to have some strong connections in the workplace. Well said!

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I feel it's important to have friends at work, not a best friend in particular. I like to get along with all my colleagues as best as possible and build meaningful connections. Friends at work understand your experiences and situations better and can relate."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Meaningful connections are very important, for sure - good response!

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      Anonymous Answer

      "My work best friend left, but yes I think it's very important. You spend so much time at work, you have to get on with people, you become one big family. And I think that is the best way. You want people you can trust, rely on, lean on if needed for support with work, and also personal issues. I am still close friends with people I have worked with since I was 17 in my different jobs. The closer you are, you know where you can best support each other."

      Marcie's Answer

      Nice! Your response indicates that you recognize the importance of getting along with and even befriending your colleagues, which is great. The interviewer will likely be struck by your sincerity as well. Good job!

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Yes, I do, I find it crucial to have someone you can trust, relate to, share positive or negative work experiences with. Having someone there who is technically a safe environment to practice eg certain calls with, preparing for a big meeting."

      Cindy's Answer

      Good! I like the way you put this in the context of contributing back to the company. Good work!

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