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Hey everyone, here is curveball # 5! For previous curveballs...18 thru 6...check out the previous months.
Describe the relationship that should exist between a supervisor and a subordinate. And, what would you do if you disagreed with your boss?
How you answer this question...and, more importantly, the emotion that you express in asnwering this question...will help the interviewer ascertain if there could be a potential problem.
In the first part of the question regarding the relationship, I would recommend you share experiences working with previous managers that pushed you to elevate your game, but also took time to get to know you and what motivated you...was well as recognized you for your efforts. You may have other examples in mind of times when your supervisor held you accountable in a way that built you up, as opposed to tearing you down.
Keep in mind, you DO NOT want to get negative or discuss previous supervisors that were not good leaders. It's simply not productive and would ultimately reflect poorly on you.
The second part of the question asks what you would do if you disagreed with your boss. Again, how you respond and with what type of emotion will be important. My recommendation is to share an exmample of a time when you did disagree with a boss and be very specific regarding the situation and the rationale you had for your side. Explain how you laid out the facts...it wasn't emotional...and it's never a personal attack...and you were open to his/her side and willing to accept whatever decision he/she made. Include how you presented other solutions...not simply highlighting problems, etc.
Lastly, sharing specific examples is much better than talking theoretically about how you might or would respond. Remember, an interviewer is trying to get objective examples in order to evaluate you as compared to other candidates. A subjective answer is truly a waste of time for the interviewer.
That's it for today. Feel free to comment! Have a great week!
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