This question is examining whether you’ve formed strong professional relationships in your past work or educational environments, as well as assessing intangibles such as passion, inspiration and a collaborative spirit. It’s a good opportunity to show that you appreciate learning from others, that you seek continual growth and that you work well in a team.
Points to Emphasize
Here are a few pointers to help you craft the perfect response to this question.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
This type of question provides an opportunity for you to showcase very positive aspects of your work history. Here are a few “no-no’s” to help you avoid any stumbling blocks in your response.
Employers value employees who can form strong relationships with supervisors so a good answer to this question could really help you.
While I’ve had several great mentors, perhaps my most influential was my first boss, Dave Smith, I worked under Dave as a paralegal at XYZ law firm. Though he was a partner and extremely busy, he would always take the time to advise me on my cases and allow me to ask him legal questions without judgment or impatience. I truly learned a lot from him and he inspired me to become a lawyer. He set the bar high for mentorship and I strive to live by his example with the people under my supervision.
A solid response to this question will help show the hiring manager that you’re a team player who appreciates learning from others.