How would you deal with conflict with a co-worker is the one interview question that candidates often fail their job interviews on!
They respond by saying they would tell their manager about the conflict so they can deal with it, but that is NOT the correct way to answer this tough interview question!
In this blog, we will explain why the interviewer is asking you the question how would you deal with conflict with a co-worker. If you understand why the question is being asked, you can then give the perfect answer. We will then tell you the 3 things you must include in your answer to the question, how would you deal with conflict with a co-worker. If you include these 3 things, you will get the highest scores possible!
Finally, we’re going to give you a brilliant example answer in a live job interview to the question how would you deal with conflict with a co-worker.
WHY IS THE INTERVIEWER ASKING YOU THE QUESTION?
The interviewers are asking you this interview question because they want to assess whether you have the maturity and skills to resolve difficult problems in the workplace whenever they occur.
If you take responsibility for challenging problems such as conflict with co-workers, you will definitely be the type of employee they want to hire.
3 THINGS YOU MUST INCLUDE IN YOUR ANSWER
#1. Tell the interviewer that you would first ASSESS YOUR OWN ACTIONS to see if you were contributing negatively to the conflict. This demonstrates self-awareness.
#2. Next, say you would SIT DOWN WITH YOUR CO-WORKER IN PRIVATE TO TALK AMICABLY about the conflict to establish its cause. If you know what the cause is, you can resolve it.
#3. Say you would then work hard to FIND A WAY FORWARD that both you and your co-worker agreed with that was in the best interests of the team, and the company you are both working for.
HOW WOULD YOU DEAL WITH CONFLICT WITH A CO-WORKER? (TOP-SCORING EXAMPLE ANSWER)
“I would try to resolve the conflict with my co-worker without involving our manager as responsible and mature adults. I would assess my own actions to see if I was saying or doing anything that was causing the conflict to occur. I would then sit down with my co-worker in private to find out how they felt about the conflict and to try and establish its cause. Finally, I would work hard with my co-worker to find an amicable way forward that stopped the conflict and that was in the best interests of the team we were both working in.”
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