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Question 27 of 30

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?

      The Goal

      The interviewer wants to learn more about your connections in the workplace. The goal of your response is to show the interviewer that you will add to the company culture and that you understand the benefits of mutual trust and friendship in a business environment.

      What to Avoid

      Avoid responding in a way that sounds like you do not require any workplace camaraderie. Even if you are a highly independent individual who prefers to work solo, it's still helpful to have social connections in the workplace. Show a balance by expressing your independence along with your understanding of the importance of workplace relationships.

      Pro Tip

      Studies show that having friends at work is critical to an employee's overall success. 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. Remember - it's still important to express your ability to be friendly with your coworkers.

      If you see the need for close connections in the workplace, take a moment to paint a picture for the interviewer by telling them about your most valued workplace friendships.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I 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 that I can share the news with someone else who understands what I am going through."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Although I have not made a best-friend connection at work, I would love to experience that level of camaraderie in the workplace. I can see how workplace friendships significantly benefit employees and the company. I am always very friendly with my co-workers and love sharing ideas and celebrating wins. It is important to me that I make connections to build mutual trust and boost morale."

      10 Community Answers

      Anonymous interview answers with our interview experts feedback

      Anonymous Interview 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 Feedback for the Answer Above

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

      How would you rate Rachelle's Feedback?

      Anonymous Interview 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 Feedback for the Answer Above

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

      How would you rate Rachelle's Feedback?

      Anonymous Interview 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 Feedback for the Answer Above

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

      How would you rate Rachelle's Feedback?

      Anonymous Interview 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 Feedback for the Answer Above

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

      How would you rate Cindy's Feedback?

      Anonymous Interview 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 Feedback for the Answer Above

      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.

      How would you rate Stephanie's Feedback?

      Anonymous Interview 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 Feedback for the Answer Above

      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.

      How would you rate Marcie's Feedback?

      Anonymous Interview 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 Feedback for the Answer Above

      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!

      How would you rate Marcie's Feedback?

      Anonymous Interview 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 Feedback for the Answer Above

      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.

      How would you rate Marcie's Feedback?

      Anonymous Interview Answer

      "I believe it is important to have friends at work and I have many. Everyone I work with and even clients become almost like family. I'm pretty open and pretty positive and this makes going to work very enjoyable."

      Stephanie's Feedback for the Answer Above

      It sounds like you're a pleasant person who gets along well with others! To cover your bases in answering this question, I suggest making sure you address the first question. For example, "While I don't have one specific best friend at work, I am close with many of my co-workers and enjoy having friends at work."

      How would you rate Stephanie's Feedback?

      Anonymous Interview Answer

      "I definitely have some closer friends at work. I do think it's important to have good working relationships, as well as personal friendships at work. By nature - I separate personal life and am focused on work at work. But I have developed good, lasting friendships with people at work. These are ones that continue on after one of us leaves the company. Relationships, in general, are very important to me - at work, and outside of work."

      Stephanie's Feedback for the Answer Above

      This is a solid response--you do a good job of balancing the need for strong relationships with the need for focusing on work.

      How would you rate Stephanie's Feedback?