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How to Answer Interview Questions About Your Ideal Boss



Don't criticize past managers when asked about your ideal boss.

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As part of the interview process employers may want to assess how you will respond to supervision, whether you have any issues with authority, and the nature of your work style.

Your interviewer may ask questions about your preferred supervisor to help determine how well you will work within the company's management framework. Before you answer, think about the job you are interviewing for, and try to estimate how much management the employer will expect you to need. You don't want to come across as needing either too much or too little supervision.

When the interviewer asks about what your ideal boss is like, it could be asked as a reflection upon your past supervisors (who was your best or worst boss) or in terms of your future preferences.

Here are some guidelines for responding to questions about your ideal boss:

Try to strike a balance whereby you refer to your ability to work independently as well as your comfort with taking specific direction from a boss.

Emphasize your adaptability by sharing how you have thrived with a variety of supervisory styles in your past. Be prepared to give examples of how you have been productive with different types of bosses.

Consider the qualities of a manager that are attractive to you and which will also help an organization succeed.

Never, under any circumstances, should you criticize a past supervisor. Your prospective employer will likely assume you are a difficult employee and side with your former employer.

Don't get too carried away with your answer so as to imply that you have unrealistic expectations for some super human manager or that you will be too needy an employee.

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