Strategic Statement:

Are you by nature a confrontational person?

Sample Response:

I don’t appreciate confrontation. It is a last-resort mechanism. If expectations and communications are clearly expressed, confrontation should not be necessary. However, I realize that we are not always operating in an ideal world. I once had to address a co-worker who had not taken care of an issue regarding his teaching certification.

As a result, our program could be cited for non-compliance. The employee appeared to simply be stalling, as requests for proof of his certification were either ignored or met with a “I’ll get right on it...” kind-of response. It was only through confrontation that it was finally determined that his certification had lapsed, and he had not made any efforts to renew his license. As a result, he was terminated.

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