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 are the type of candidate to assess blame or carry a grudge. They also want to determine if you are a match for the culture of the company.

Even if you had a boss who was awful, don't come right out and say so. Interviewers don't want to hear negativity, and they will wonder what you will ultimately say about their organization if you are hired and it doesn't work out.

Review the following sample interview answers to find out the best way to respond.

Solid Sample 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.
     
  • My best boss was a woman who showed me the importance of suggestive selling. She was able to show a customer the perfect accessories to go with an outfit, without being pushy, and taught me to tremendously increase my selling abilities.
     
  • I learned a lot about organization from my last boss. I've always been an organized person, but I learned new ways to organize and mobilize the staff from him, which was very valuable for my management abilities.
     
  • My best boss was one who was able to recognize the strengths in his employees, and to utilize them to their fullest extent. He taught me to look at people more individually, and understand that almost everyone has something positive to offer.
     
  • My best boss was a person who set such a wonderful example for her employees, that she inspired people to work harder. She was always 'up', even when she wasn't, and never let a customer leave unhappy. She would always have the right thing to say to provide encouragement for her customers and employees alike.

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