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Interview Prep Questions: Showcasing Your Working Relationships

The most important thing to be accomplished before landing your dream job is going through the interview process. Depending on the company, role, and speed at which the hiring team will make decisions, you could go through 3 - 10 rounds of interviews. Preparing for these interviews is crucial. Not only should you have solid and natural answers for basic questions such as "Tell Me About Yourself" and "Why do you want to work here?" but you should also prepare for questions that can showcase your values and experience.

This article will focus on interview prep questions that allow you to showcase your ability to build and maintain positive working relationships through areas of interpersonal savvy and peer relationships.

To prepare, write each of these questions down and brainstorm your answer. Write the answer down and practice your response. A recommended approach would be to use the STAR method in a structural reaction that addresses the question by addressing the situation, task, action, and result. Try to find 1 - 2 examples for each question. As you go through an interview panel, they may ask the same question and compare notes. You will want to have shown a breadth of experience during your interview cycle and not a canned response. Find a trusted person to practice asking you the questions below and providing feedback on your answer.

Interpersonal Savvy

  • Can you tell me how you've built your professional network?

  • Can you tell me about a time when building a network is necessary to reach your goal? How did you do it?

  • Did you have to modify your approach based on a different networks or based on different people you were approaching?

  • Can you tell me about a time when you persuaded someone to support an unpopular project or idea?

  • Can you tell me about a time when you had to stand up for something you believed in? Who were you standing up to? What was your approach? Was it tough to do?

  • Can you tell me about the closest working partnership you had with someone from another country?

  • Can you tell me about some of the unique differences you've seen in business around the world?

  • Can you tell if you speak any other languages?

Peer Relationships

  • Can you tell me what your perspective is on being a chameleon in the workplace? Is it fair? Do you do this?

  • Can you tell me about a time you adapted your actions to respond to the needs of another person?

  • Are relationships important to ones success? Are they handled the same with everyone?

  • How do you build relationships with others? Who is important to build relationships with first?

  • Have you stayed in touch with any past coworkers? Why or why not?

  • How do you think your current team will feel if they heard you were leaving?

  • Does anyone know you are interviewing? Anyone from work?

  • Have you ever had to repair a relationship? What did you do to fix it? How is it now?

  • When has someone been wrong but you went along with it because you know it was best?

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