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    I hate this interview questions. How do you answer this question?

    (Original post by matt1001)
    I hate this interview questions. How do you answer this question?
    The way you've phrased it in the title isn't a question, but I guess you mean "What skills do you need to establish good working relationships?" or "How do you establish good working relationships?"

    I would answer this question a bit differently depending on if they were referring to close colleagues (e.g. members of the same team), more distant colleagues (E.g. different departments within the same company) or external clients/contractors.

    For the first two, I would start off by saying something about how you're always friendly and try to be hardworking/pull your weight within a team. I would mention examples of how I might be willing to help close colleagues out e.g. "In previous job I sometimes swapped shifts/did holiday cover/helped out with task X when I had free time". You could also mention something about understanding the importance of meeting internal deadlines and keeping everyone updated e.g. by group email if there are unexpected delays. You could give examples of previous work places where you've built up a good relationship with someone and how if you have them.

    For working with regular clients, I would stress that you understand how important it is to keep regular clients happy, and going above and beyond to maintain the relationship. Say something about always being courteous to them, and letting them know if there will be a problem and what the proposed solution is. If you can, try to give an example of a time where to did something special for a customer/client.

    I hope that helps a bit, or at least gives you a starting point.
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