How badly did I f*** up?

Deloitte / Consultant LGgu04
Nov 21, 2019 17 Comments

During the behavioral round, manager asked a question, "Tell us about a manager who was hard to work with? Why?"

My response: "My previous manager made us stay in the office till 9PM for no reason other than taking call with India team together. We had to report to work by 8:30 as well for daily standup. This went on for 6 weeks and I did not enjoy working with him."

How badly did I screw up? This was a genuine reply on my part, but after the interview I feel like it somehow won't shed good light on my work ethics! Don't know why I feel this way since I genuinely hated my manager for doing that. This was at a FAANG that is not really know for wlb as well!

What kind of responses would you have given? I generally struggle with behavior rounds, so any responses are welcome.

TC: 110K
YOE: 1.5


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TOP 17 Comments
  • Uber fgd135
    That's not a bad example to bring up. Might have been a bit better if you'd framed it as: here's the problem, here's how I tried to rectify it in a mature and professional way, here's the outcome.
    Nov 21, 2019 0
  • Microsoft skankhunt1
    Lol amazon! You should answer, I didn’t like my previous manager cause he wouldn’t let me work on weekends and sleep in the office
    Nov 21, 2019 0
  • Expedia Group beheiqppw
    Well, while that is understandably frustrating, it is sometimes required. Maybe your previous manager was being a bit unreasonable with the request, but maybe there was a business need that just wasn't properly communicated, or, that you didn't buy into.

    I don't know if its a total screw up, but it wasn't the best answer.

    In the future, for a question like that, understand that they're looking for your ability to handle conflict resolution, and how you respond when working with a challenging individual.

    If you genuinely hated your manager because they asked you to stay late for a few weeks, that emotion probably showed. If they picked up on that, then yes, you probably screwed yourself. Not for the answer, but for the attitude behind the answer.

    I'd practice that question and come up with a better answer for next time.

    Source: am a hiring manager.
    Nov 21, 2019 5
    • Deloitte / Consultant LGgu04
      @beheiqppw That makes sense but tbh most of the questions asked during these rounds are so vague and overlapping. Like today I was asked these questions:
      1. A manager who was hard to work with. Why?
      2. When you had a conflict with your manager?
      3. When you disagreed with your manager?
      4. A project you didn't succeed at?

      IMO I don't see how can someone on their first job out of college dare to have a conflict or disagreement with their manager, who would have way more experience than them.

      In my case it didn't help that it was the last round, so I was already exhausted. As another commenter mentioned, what I responded was more like "venting" and not really professional. May be I need to find my way around words!
      Nov 21, 2019
    • Sanofi VVRI77
      @expedia - I’m looking for PM role let me know if you are hiring. I can DM you
      Nov 22, 2019
  • Twitter hiZ55
    I’d have no issue with that answer. That work environment sucks.
    Nov 21, 2019 0
  • Booz Allen Hamilton oXt88
    Any responses here will be well thought responses in which wouldn't be equivalent to your immediate response. Don't feel bad. You answered the question honestly from past experience. I'd take an honest question over a made up sugar coated lie anytime
    Nov 21, 2019 0
  • Activision Blizzard FkdCompany
    Doesn't sound unreasonable at all!
    Nov 21, 2019 0
  • For these kind of questions use “STAR” technique
    Nov 21, 2019 0
  • VMware / Eng

    VMware Eng

    The only issue I see here is that behavioral rounds are not meant to be therapy. Quite frankly, that answer just sounded like you were venting.

    Usually they're looking for how you can navigate a variety of social landscapes. The answers for these should be:

    1) The problem
    2) How you dealt with it (usually diplomatically)
    3) The (positive) result of your diplomatic choice
    Nov 21, 2019 0
  • Amazon Sleepy Cat
    Being honest is not a bad thing. If you’re not a good fit you’re probably not going to be happy. What if this manager grinds his workers on long hours with no remorse? You dodged a bullet maybe, who knows. Maybe he stresses 8 hour days and he wants to spend time with his family, then what you said might be a good thing to him.
    Nov 28, 2019 0
  • Amazon thule
    Jesus sorry about that experience. That's not necessarily bad just gotta follow STAR
    Nov 21, 2019 0


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