We recently came across this article By Pieter Cranenbroek, Editor at LinkedIn News.
You don’t have to act like a yes-person during an interview to land a job. In fact, disagreeing with a potential employer can lead to a more engaged discussion. Challenging your interviewer in the right way can show good character and self-belief, says jobs expert Ellie Green. At the same time, it’s an opportunity for potential employees to test how receptive the company is to change and new ideas.
Some things to keep in mind when offering an alternative point of view:
- Adopt a “cooperative” mindset by acknowledging other views before offering your own.
- Rely on facts. If you can’t back up your view, it may be best to keep it to yourself.
- Ask yourself if the point you’re contesting is relevant to the job.
- Taking a moment before answering a question can demonstrate critical thinking.
- Don’t forget that interviews are an opportunity to showcase your expertise.
A bit of healthy debate can help you build rapport -as long as this is approached with respect and an openness to changing your opinion, based on the information in front of you.
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