The interviewer wants to know that you are capable of maintaining a harmonious relationship with those who are considered your leaders.
Some basic ground rules for a stable working relationship with your boss are open communication, proactive listening, and not taking things personally. Discuss the ways that you cultivated a healthy relationship with your boss.
"My current boss is a very particular individual. Over the years I have taken the time to understand her preferences, her stress triggers, and what she enjoys seeing in my work. I find that if I stay one step ahead and maintain a positive attitude, we can work productively together."
"If your relationship with your boss wasn't fantastic, what efforts did you take to make it better?
Here are some suggestions:
- Try to understand what your boss values the most
- Keep your cool, even when you want to lose it
- Anticipate their needs and stay one step ahead
- Take leadership opportunities to show your worth
- Adapt to their preferences"
"I value having a strong working relationship with my boss. I want to learn what they do and take on as much work to help our team as possible. I schedule regular update meetings with my boss and go the extra mile whenever possible because I want her to succeed, as well."