Do you have an upcoming job interview? Check out my example answer to the interview question: “Can you tell me about a time when you disagreed with your boss?” These conflict resolution interview questions can be tricky, so get inspired by the examples down below!
There are several reasons why interviewers ask this question. They want to know if the candidate is rational and confident enough to disagree with a manager or boss, but it’s also to examine someone’s maturity to accept decisions even when he/she disagrees. Structure your answer according to the CARL-method:
√ Do give a specific situation where you disagreed with your boss and explain why. Try to come across as someone with a professional attitude and provide a rational explanation (with reason and logic) about the situation and how you handled/diffused the disagreement.
X Don’t speak negatively about your previous boss (e.g. ‘My boss is a stubborn person’, ‘He was always blamed me, I don’t know why’ or ‘He never liked me’)
X Don’t try to convince the interviewer about your point of view or say that your colleagues sided with you. Explain what action(s) you took and the results.
X Don’t become evasive (avoiding the question) or say that you’ve never had a disagreement. If you’ve never experienced conflict or disagreement, you can provide a hypothetical situation.