Do you have an upcoming job interview? Check out my example answer to the interview question: “Can you tell me about a time you had to give difficult feedback?” It’s not a common ‘conflict resolution‘ question, but if you are applying for a managerial position, you surely can expect this interview question. Down below you can also find some useful interview tips!
The reason why interviewers ask this question is to check up on someone’s interpersonal skills. The ideal candidate is able to motivate colleagues during difficult times, communicate effectively, address issues and deliver constructive criticism. Show that you are able to lead and collaborate closely with others.
√ Do provide an example that shows your constructive and positive side. For example, you can start with something positive about the individual before you address your concern(s). Key here is to be specific (not vague) and avoid excessive detailing.
X Don’t say that you feel uncomfortable when giving difficult feedback. Supervisors or managers don’t flinch from emphasizing the importance of company policies and team morale.