Describe a situation when it was important for you to work with someone you didn't know.Describe how you built a good working relationship in a school or work setting.
During my ultimate year in the University, as the manner is, I was to be assigned to a research supervisor amongst lecturers in my department; however, this was not the case as I was assigned to a research supervisor whom I never knew from another department but similar to mine due to shortage of lecturers in my department. This was a big challenge to me as my supervisor had little knowledge in my field of study and it was important for me to work with her as my research project was a requirement for the award of a Bachelors degree.
Having known that my research supervisor was from a different field of study, I had to source for online materials relating to my research work so she can be familiar with. I also worked together with other students that were assigned to her by asking them to also source out for available materials while I worked closely with the research supervisor. I was there to suggest possible ways so as to make the research work easier for both of us and for my team members as well. During this period, she was appraised by the university authorities for promotion, I volunteered in typing and binding all her publications together for submission. She developed trust in me such that I sometimes work in her office all alone while she was away. I enjoyed working with her as she was concerned about my challenges and welfare and always ready to support me.
I was the first to complete my research project including bench work. I was declared by the head of department as the best student in research project and presentation and the final outcome included an "A". My time with my research supervisor also resulted in her promotion from a senior lecturer to an associate professor that same year. As a result of this, my research supervisor assigned me to be her personal research assistant after my graduation as I now work closely with her in publishing research articles and guiding her research students due to her health condition.