Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your boss. How did you handle it?

An interviewer wants to know not only how you deal with conflict with your peers, but also with authority figures. Good employers will also want to know that you aren’t a mindless yes-man but are still respectful.

Example Answer

When we were setting new project goals for the year, I saw that one of them would not be attainable based on my personal knowledge of our clients. I went to my boss after the meeting and asked to talk about the goal.

I explained that while I saw the reason for wanting to do it, I didn’t think it was the best fit for our particular clients. I shared my reasons why, and she ended up agreeing with me and thanking me for saving the department time and money.