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Describe to me your method of convincing others to see things your way.

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    Describe to me your method of convincing others to see things your way.

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to see that you have strong persuasive skills. Think about your personality and how you present your ideas to someone else, in work and your personal life. Make sure you avoid words such as pushy and forceful. Explain that you offer facts and statistics and explain the results of your research to back up your thoughts, ideas, and opinions. Show that you can influence people through an inspirational approach versus bullying others to see things your way.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "When I would like others to see my way, I am sure to carefully lay out the ways that my idea will benefit them. I review those reasons, collect agreement from them, and then close them on the idea by having them agree that it's the soundest decision or choice."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "If I am passionate about something, and want others to see things my way, showing them my raw passion is the best way to do it. I get excited about my idea and tell them why it's exciting. Like a hype man at a concert. I want them excited about my idea!"

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "Facts are always the best way to support an opinion. I will create a presentation, if it's a big idea, and gain buy-in from my team based on all the benefits of the change that I am pitching."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "What's In It For Me? (WWIFM), is one of the first things I was taught in marketing when it comes to gaining the interest of a new customer. If I want others to see things my way, I focus on what they will gain by coming to my side! Works every time, in the office, and when creating marketing campaigns."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "When I'm trying to convince someone to be on my side, I am sure to make it clear how my ideas will benefit them. I make sure as I speak with them, that I make small comments throughout the conversation to get them to agree with me along the way. As they start to say "yes" and "yes" to smaller questions or comments, they begin to come over to my side. Then, I review the reasons they just agreed with, getting another, bigger "yes," and conclude with them making a verbal statement of official agreement."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "To get customers or coworkers to see it my way, I am sure to hear what they want to achieve and understand their pain point. Then, by doing so, I can emphasize the points of my argument that are the most meaningful to their goals. In doing this, I craft a personalized, persuasive case that ensures they will get to the point of "yes" that I wanted in the first place."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview

      "I often have to convince my students to see things my way, which usually involves getting them excited or challenging them in a fun, interactive way. Interestingly enough, it's a reasonably effective tactic on adults, too, just in a more discreet sort of way. But overall, if you get folks excited about a task, project, or idea, they buy-in and do most of the convincing on their own without too much pushing from me."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Chef Interview

      "When I would like others to see my way, I am sure to carefully lay out the ways that my idea will benefit them. I review those reasons, collect agreement from them, and then close them on the idea by having them verbally agree that it's the soundest decision or choice."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Zookeeper Interview

      "Last year I made some recommendations to my peers and supervisor regarding a new and more robust composting system at the zoo. Everyone was really impressed with my concept and they implemented my idea slowly over a three month period. The composting system is still in place and working very well."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Medical Transcriptionist Interview

      "I would really like to find a position where I can really become established and work for the long-term. I am satisfied with my role as a medical transcriptionist and want to continue along this path."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Study Abroad Advisor Interview

      "I usually try to find the best of both worlds, or combine everyone's ideas so no one feels left out. Once, my colleague and I cohosted a forum promoting overseas learning. She wanted to adopt a more formal panel Q&A approach and I wanted to incorporate more informal discussion, games, and scenarios to get the students more engaged. We ended up making a two-part event that had both formal and entertainment aspects and it was well-received."

      Clara's Answer for a Water Quality Analyst Interview

      "My top skills include interpersonal communication, organization, attention to detail, and the ability to work independently with minimal oversight. I believe that these skills support the position's need for a reliable, well-rounded, and detail-oriented candidate."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Assistant Principal Interview

      "I think the most important thing is to listen to what my colleague wants. I ask them open-ended questions to get a good sense of their opinions and preferences about a certain topic. I try to combine their ideas with mine."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Daycare Worker Interview

      "In my current daycare, we provide all the food to the children, so that we can ensure no allergy-triggering foods such as soy, peanuts, or dairy come into the center. The parents pre-approve a set menu every three months, so they have assurance their child is receiving the best nutrition possible. I believe the more you can control within the center, the safer the place can be for everyone."

      Nisha's Answer for an Union Representative Interview

      "I have always respected the opinions of my team mates and value their advise whenever there is a need for the same. Because I value my relationships with my team and colleagues, its easy to make them accept new ideas as they understand that I won't be proposing anything that is not good for them."

      2 Community Answers

      Anonymous Answer

      "A commitment to one’s job goes hand in hand with promoting the welfare of the organization and what’s best for it. Included in this is one’s own personal vision. In developing my own vision, I found it useful to use supervisors and other co-workers as sounding boards. In this way, I profit from their thoughts and experience while allowing them to evaluate and appreciate my perspective. Once co-workers know where you are coming from, the task of promoting ideas becomes much easier. Naturally, I don’t expect acceptance for all of my ideas, but thanks to the context provided by this kind of honest exchange with coworkers, it is much more likely my ideas will be better understood and evaluated on their merit."

      Rachelle's Answer

      This is a very well crafted, and thoughtful response. 10/10

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      Anonymous Answer

      "My method is convincing people to follow the concept with the connection of facts and data. My speaking style is very convincing and mixes with data. It is easy for people to look through my lens."

      Rachelle's Answer

      It sounds like you are very persuasive in your communication and that you back this persuasion with data. Nice approach! If you have an example of a time when you deployed this method in the workplace, it's an excellent opportunity to give a brief story-based example.

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