You will be asked...
Tell me about a time that you didn't work well with a supervisor. What was the outcome and how would you have changed the outcome?
- Questions about what you have done in past jobs
- Questions about relationships and your interactions with others
- Questions that have a history of tripping of most applicants
- These questions are either easy to give the wrong answer or the most obvious answer is the wrong answer.
"Early in my career, I had a supervisor (Judy) who was in a fairly good mood on Monday, but it deteriorated each day until by Friday, the supervisor was finding fault with everything I did. I didn't realize, until I left that position, that I had been a contributor to the decline in her mood. Judy would ask me how my weekend was (on Monday) and during the week she would ask how it was going. I would tell her how much fun I was having (I was single) and how I was looking forward to the weekend plans. After I left, I realized my life was in complete contrast to hers and I reminded her of it almost daily. When she asked the questions, I should have had a quick answer, and then asked her how she was doing!"
This answer is believable. You do not criticize your supervisor but at the same time you do not put yourself in a bad light. You show that you are willing to go the extra mile to keep the peace, but in another way show what everyone knows, that it is not always possible to get along with everyone. - by Staff
- One of the best options here is to appear to think a few moments and then state that you do not remember any instances of having trouble with a supervisor. - by Staff
- I once had a supervisor who would load me up with extra work on Friday afternoon so I would have to work through the weekend. For some reason he had it out for me. I didn't want bypass him in order to report him to his superiors (that always ends badly) and instead of lashing out at him - I tried to take the high road. I did a superior job on everything I touched and it was only a few weeks before it was noticed by his supervisors. By them looking into me and my ability to produce an amount almost equal to 3 other people, they discovered the injustice and I was promoted from under him. I was very happy with the result and got to stay with a company I loved. - by Staff
- Construct your answer very carefully. Do no be negative or critical of anyone or yourself. - by Staff