WHAT NOT TO SAY…“I would ask my manager to deal with the difficult co-worker. I’m not paid to manage staff so I think I would let them deal with it!”
DO NOT use that answer to the common interview question, “how would you deal with a difficult co-worker?”
But how do you answer it without failing your interview?
Well, if you have a job interview coming up soon for any role or company, keep reading because we will give you the perfect answer!
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#1. We will explain why the hiring manager is asking you the interview question, HOW WOULD YOU DEAL WITH A DIFFICULT CO-WORKER? If you understand why the question is being asked, it enables you to give the perfect top-scoring answer!
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WHY IS THE HIRING MANAGER ASKING YOU THE INTERVIEW QUESTION, “HOW WOULD YOU DEAL WITH A DIFFICULT CO-WORKER?”
The hiring manager is asking this interview question because they want to hear you say you will take positive action to improve the working relationship with the difficult co-worker.
If you are a mature and professional employee who genuinely wants their business to be successful, you will do all you can to improve the situation, regardless of how difficult your co-worker is.
WHAT TO INCLUDE IN YOUR ANSWER
The best way to answer the interview question, “how would you deal with the difficult co-worker?”, is to say the following 3 things in your answer:
- Is to say you would assess your own actions to make sure you weren’t CONTRIBUTING NEGATIVELY to the situation.
- Is to say you would then sit down in private with your co-worker to find a compromise so the working relationship can be productive and positive.
- Is to say that you would try and work closely with them on a project or task to build a better connection so you can then both help the company achieve its mission.
“HOW WOULD YOU DEAL WITH A DIFFICULT CO-WORKER?” EXAMPLE ANSWER!
“I would deal with a difficult co-worker by first making sure I wasn’t contributing to the situation in a negative way. I would then sit down with them in private to find an amicable way forward. I would find out what was important to them. I would try to build a connection with them and even see if I could work with them more closely on a task r project to try and improve the working relationship. Because at the end of the day, we are employees of the company and we both have a duty to collaborate and do all we can to help each achieve the company’s commercial objective.”
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