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In what type of situations is it better to stretch the truth in order to sell a product?

7 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

The interviewer would like to know if you would stretch the truth to sell a product. Of course, you already know that it is not okay to fib to make a sale. Talk to the interviewer about your ability to sell without stretching the truth.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"I feel that if you need to stretch the truth to sell a product, you probably aren't a natural salesperson. If you know what you're doing and understand your product, there should be no need to stretch the truth. Honesty is always the best policy."

Admin
Answer example

"When selling a product or service, describing features and benefits is the best approach. It is not in the best interest of a company or a customer for anyone to stretch truths."

Manager
Answer example

"I am not in the habit of stretching the truth. I believe that fact-based decision making is the best route for everyone. I would not want to make an important decision with the information that was loosely based on fact, so I would not do the same to my customers."

Marketing
Answer example

"As an advocate for truthful advertising, I think it would be appalling to fib to gain business or client approval."

Retail
Answer example

"In my opinion, there is never a situation where you should stretch the truth to sell a product. Selling a product should include asking more questions of the client and talking a little less."

Sales
Answer example

"Being in a high-pressure sales environment for the past ten years, I have seen it all! Stretching the truth never bodes well in the end. I am upfront with my clients at all times and confident enough in my product line that I can always find the right fit for their needs without lying."

Teacher
Answer example

"Stretching the truth can be damaging to a student. I would never do anything to compromise the position of trust that I am in, as a teacher."

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Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
First written on: 01/07/2017
Last modified on: 08/19/2018

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