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Job Skills Diplomacy/Truth in interviews

  1. Aug 27, 2009 #1
    How do you go about in an interview when asked a question which has both a morally correct & a true answer? For example, lets say if asked of an opinion about a person X whom you don't like at all(it might be that X is a good person, just has been bad to you), & happens to be, lets say, a buddy of the interviewer. What does he want to hear, your experience with X or his own views of X? Should you be truthful or be diplomatic?
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  3. Aug 27, 2009 #2
    Did someone actually ask you to give an opinion on a person they know as part of an interview? I find that unlikely and at least highly inappropriate. Do you have a more concrete example?

    In general interviews are all about proving that you have tact and some ability to deal diplomatically. Of course you should never lie outright, but you never want to be negative either.
  4. Aug 27, 2009 #3
    No, not any person directly.

    Yes, right.
    Generally, here interviews are done in two stages, technical & HR. Technical is all about proving oneself, which is pretty easy, coz it requires facts, not opinions. I dont like HR interviews, coz it invariably gets to questions like, what do you feel about XYZ? In one HR interview, I was asked how do I feel about the HOD of my department, i told her that he is pretty stupid, & doesn't take decisions like he should. Obviously I had a bad feeling about it later, but anyways I was selected.

    Anyways, I wanted to know which is more better to do. Suppose you face this question, if you let the interviewer know what you think, he/she might think that you are blaming others for own's failures or might think that you are just being honest., or if you answer diplomatically, I dunno what then.

    I really dunno what I am asking, its sorta confusing myself now:confused:
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