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Job Interview Question: Who Was Your Best Boss?

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With the question "Who was your best boss and who was the worst?" the interviewer is trying to discover if you assess blame or carry a grudge. The interviewer also wants to determine if you are match for the leadership style of the company.

Even if you had a boss who was awful, don't say so. Interviewers don't want to hear too much negativity and they will wonder what you will say about their organization if you were hired and it didn't work out.

Best Answers

  • I've learned from each boss I've had. From the good ones, what to do, from the challenging ones - what not to do.
  • Early in my career, I had a mentor who helped me a great deal, we still stay in touch. I've honestly learned something from each boss I've had.
  • My best boss was a manager who enabled me to take on more responsibility as I progressed in my job. I've had other bosses with a more hands off management style, but I appreciated the interaction with the first manager I mentioned.

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