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How to Answer: How Did You Get Along with Your Last Boss?

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By: Mariah Rogers
Apr 13, 2020 • 2 min read

How to Answer: How Did You Get Along with Your Last Boss?

Bringing up past employment can be a sticky situation for some during interviews. Whether you loved or hated your last job, it is important to handle the topic with respect and professionalism. Your interviewer wants to know what worked and what didn’t in your last career role and how you interact with superiors in the workplace. Keep reading if you want to learn how to answer the question: How did you get along with your last boss?

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Don’t Bash Your Last Boss

Unfortunately, even if your last boss was the absolute worst, your interview is not the time or place to let out your frustrations. If you did experience conflict in your last position, your employer is looking to hear how you handled the conflict and were able to complete tasks despite the disagreement. It is important to mention how despite your differences in opinions with your last boss, you were able to respectfully complete your work and conquer these challenges in a professional manner.

Do Discuss Great Experiences

Your interviewer is trying to discover how well you will work in their company climate and culture. They want to hear your success stories! If your last boss was great, let your interviewer know! Mention what worked well and positive interactions you experienced. This will give your interviewer insight on how you best operate as an employee to reach your maximum potential.

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List Qualities a Great Boss/Employee Relationship Possesses

You won’t get along with every single person you work with along your career path, your interviewer knows that! Let them know the qualities you believe a great boss/employee relationship possesses. Discuss the value of communication, listening, empathy, understanding and clear direction. This will let your interviewer know that you have reflected on your relationship with your previous boss and know the kind of direction you work best under, which is great.

Have you had any great bosses? Let us know! We would love to hear about your successes. If you give us a great story, we’ll post it on Instagram!

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