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Do you consider yourself a persuasive person?

1 of 20 Communication Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on January 24th, 2019 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
How to Answer

Part of being an excellent communicator is also having the power of persuasion when necessary. There is a difference between persuasion and debating - or even convincing. Persuasion is used when you want to influence someone rather than tell them that they are wrong, and you are right.

The power of persuasion is essential if you are selling or pitching anything. It is also a helpful skill when you want to gain momentum with your coworkers or have your boss better understand your approach on a project.

It is not a negative thing to be persuasive. Talk to the interviewer about whether or not you consider yourself to be a persuasive individual.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"I can be persuasive when it comes to helping my clients to understand the logic, or reason, behind a decision that my company has made. It's important to lay out the intentions of any change and then express the importance of those changes."

Admin
Answer example

"I have used the power of persuasion at work when it comes to gathering information from a client. For instance, if they do not want to leave a message for the person they are trying to reach, I will influence them to leave a message by stating that it will be more efficient for them, and faster response time will occur if they leave a message."

Manager
Answer example

"Persuasion is a key skill of an effective leader, in my opinion. Have you ever read the book, 'Pre-Suasion,' by Robert Cialdini? He speaks of the science in persuasion and that there are significant moves to be made before ever asking someone to do something on your behalf. This book has greatly influenced how I use persuasion."

Marketing
Answer example

"Persuasion and digital marketing methods go hand in hand so, yes, I believe that I am a persuasive person. My approach is not sly or combative in any way, however. I go about persuading others by displaying how my approach, or belief, could benefit the other party. In my case at work, the client."

Retail
Answer example

"Persuasion is important in sales, and through the training that I received in my current role, I believe that my persuasion skills are much stronger than they once were. I am still working on them; however!"

Sales
Answer example

"Persuasion is everywhere - from the conversations we have to the things that we buy. I am persuasive with my clients but not immediately. I first ensure that the groundwork is present, there is rapport, and enough supporting evidence that my path is the way that benefits everyone involved, as much as possible. I need to be able to prove the upside to whomever I speak to."

Teacher
Answer example

"As an educator, persuasion is in everything that I do. I need to gain buy-in from my students when it comes to having them believe that what I am teaching is important. I spend much of my day making statements of persuasion."

FBI
Answer example

"Persuasion is a key skill of an effective agent, in my opinion. Have you ever read the book, 'Pre-Suasion,' by Robert Cialdini? He speaks of the science in persuasion and that there are significant moves to be made before ever asking someone to do something on your behalf. This book has greatly influenced how I use persuasion both in work and in my personal life."

Temporary Staffing Recruiter
Answer example

"I can be persuasive when it comes to helping my clients to understand the logic, or reason, behind a decision that my company has made. It's important to lay out the intentions of any change and then express the importance of those changes."

Executive Recruiter
Answer example

"I can be persuasive when it comes to helping my clients to understand the logic behind my candidate submissions. It's important to lay out all data, showing my client the complete picture. I have a persuasive case built for each candidate before I even send them to my client. It's almost like how a lawyer preps for court. You have to be able to change minds from all sides and angles, to be a successful executive recruiter."

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
First written on: 08/11/2018
Last modified on: 01/24/2019
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