Describe a Time You Disagreed With a Coworker

Describe a Time You Disagreed With a Coworker

The job interview is a great opportunity for you and your employer to get to know one another.

When you are looking for a new job, it’s important that the next company you work for is a good fit.

Trust me, the interviewer is going to make sure it's a good fit for them. So you should too!

At some point in the interview process, you may be asked to describe a time you disagreed with a coworker. 

The reason you might be asked this question is to determine whether you are a team player, flexible, and influential.

Don’t worry! Everyone has disagreed with a coworker at one time or another.

This isn’t a trick question. The correct answer is NOT, “I get along with everybody and have never disagreed with a coworker.”

And it’s definitely NOT, “Nobody disagrees with me because I am always right!”

Be a leader and listen...

A good leader is not someone who uses force to get what they want.

A good leader can influence others around them by being a team player, flexible, and influential.

To be all of these things, it’s important to also be a good listener.

One of the most basic yet effective conflict resolution techniques is to sit two people down, and simply take turns sharing why they feel the way they do.

No, I am not saying that you and your coworker need to go see a therapist together. But when you are answering this question in an interview, it is important to show off your leadership skills.

Take the initiative to ask your coworker what it is that they disagree with. Once you understand what it is they disagree with, it will be a lot easier to find a solution.

Sample answer for "Describe a time when you disagreed with coworkers"

“About a year ago, a coworker and I had a disagreement about whom a specific account belonged to.

I requested to meet with my coworker one on one to discuss the situation.

First, I asked her to explain to me why she thought the account belonged to her.

After listening and understanding her side, we both agreed that the best way to resolve the issue would be to work the account together.

Both of us were happy to work on the account and we actually became very close friends after working together so closely.”

Bottom line: it's ok to disagree with a coworker. How you handled the disagreement is what matters.

If you are able to show your interviewer that you listen, communicate with respect, and can solve problems on your own, he/she will be very impressed.

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