How Do I Answer: What Would Your Last Boss Say About You?

If I spoke with your last boss, what would he say about you?

What you should know: If you have any performance reviews, you can actually quote from items that your last boss said about you. Be selective about the comments as much as possible identifying items most related to the position being pursued if possible. Even if you had performance issues, most of the time there are good results that are still commented on. If you don’t have performance reviews but have awards, atta boy notes, emails with compliments can be used to formulate a response. These are excellent to use and should be directly attributed to what your boss has said. If you aren’t in receipt of those types of materials and the relationship with the boss was less than great, focus on your results.

Answer: My boss said in my last review that I could be counted on to get the job done. I am not only reliable in my attendance but can be trusted on to make and meet my commitments.

Answer: My boss gave me an award for the delivery of x project. In the award he said: “For outstanding results and on time delivery” I think if you were to ask him, this would be one of the things he would comment on.

Answer: My boss would probably say that I was able to consistently create marketing programs that improved our sales and broadened our customer base.

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