Difficult Interview Question: How Did You And Your Last Supervisor Get Along?
Every interview question is an opportunity to sell yourself. Questions as simple as “What do you think of the weather today?” have potential to become bigger questions than they appear at first glance. Part of that is because all questions and answers have subtext. Yet another reason is because you, as the applicant, can make sure that you seize every question as an opportunity to make yourself look great. When the company asks you about your relationships with people in your past, you can give them a simple answer, or you can give them an amazing answer. Go for amazing every time.
How to Answer
Instead of simply saying the two of you got along well, why not use this as an opportunity to discuss things relevant to the job? Discuss how you communicated or how the two of you worked on a project. These are good opportunities to add accomplishments and details to your answer. As always, never complain about the supervisor or your relationship.
“We got along okay. She and I respected each other and we often made jokes and scheduled useful meetings.”
“We got along quite well. She and I developed several different methods of communication so that we could more easily manage my projects, and we had open communication that allowed us to speak freely about our ideas before we came to an agreed upon conclusion…”
This is an answer that does more than just talk about your personal relationship. In fact, it does more than just talk about your professional relationship. Here, you discuss some of the activities you did that make you a great employee in addition to mentioning how you and your supervisor interacted.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Use every question as an opportunity.
- Never say bad things about your bosses.