I can easily recall being asked one specific question during the job interviews I have participated in throughout my life. The question may vary, but the meaning is the same and it has one purpose. That question may go a little something like this:
Tell me about time when you and a co-worker disagreed on something and how did you resolve it?
This is a very important question that needs to be answered correctly. If a candidate answers this question poorly, it could definitely cost them the job. It seems like a very simple question, but it is so important. As a matter of fact, you need to prepare yourself right now to properly answer this question.
Inevitably, you will disagree with your teacher, parents, friends or anyone else in your life. How you handle moments of disagreement is extremely important. Each situation is an opportunity to create a positive memory you can recall during an interview. But remember, it is possible to be “right” but if handled “wrong” then that makes you wrong. It is not acceptable to just say or do whatever you feel like doing during times of disagreement. There is a right way and a wrong way to conduct yourself during times of disagreement. Letting emotions control your actions and words is not the right way. The proper way is to listen, talk, and compromise. Employers want to know how you deal with these issues because they want to make sure that you were not the type of person to escalate a situation. It would not look very professional of two adults or arguing at the top of their lungs in the middle of a office. Start now to learn skills to help you resolve differences in a respectful way. Make sure that you were not on the wrong side of right.
Marvin Byrd (c/o 98
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