“What did you think of your boss?”
Before you read on, remember that these questions are not provided for you to merely skim over. The planning and preparation of answers is essential to maximizing your interviewing prowess. The only way to succeed is to match your background to a positive, upbeat, convincing answer for each of these questions. Start with your resume, know every word on it. Another key part of your preparation is company research. You should know as much about the company as you possibly can before you arrive for the interview.
“He was an excellent manager. I learned a lot from him, and we had an ideal working relationship. In fact, one of my letters of reference is from him and I’d be glad to share it with you if you’d like.” (If you have been reading the book or listening to our broadcast you should recognize linkage – and there it is again.)
If you had a great working relationship with your previous employer this may have seemed an easy one. However, let us say for the moment that was not the case. Let us imagine, and for some this wont be hard, that your prior relationship was more like a demilitarized zone than a relationship. How do you answer this way?
First, we mend the bridge. We discuss the importance of this in our teaching and you need to recognize how vital this is. To begin with you need to have closure and be able to move forward – that is emotionally healthy. Next recognize that most employers are human and in this area can be reasoned with.
This element requires moving past feelings, injured pride and on to the courage to recognize the power and value in repairing the past in order to move forward. We are not suggesting that this person will be your new best friend. However, we are suggesting that a professional relationship is possible where they will be civil and communicate that you were a responsible, positive performer in your prior position.
Relationships can be mended and it has a significant impact on your future. Work on this area it will be worth it. If you have questions about this study chapter four of Job Search: The Total System. If you still have questions, please feel free to email us at “Question 9 Help” and we will try to help clarify this.
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