TalkEnglish Logo

Tell me about a time you had a big disagreement with your boss.

"Tell me about a time you had a big disagreement with your boss.  What did you do and what was the outcome?"

Here is another 'tell me about' question.  You will have to think of an example of your own.  The items you need to include in your answer should consist of you showing proper communication, taking appropriate action, and ending with a good outcome.  It's perfectly natural to disagree with your boss.  It is important how you react when you have a disagreement.  Show the interviewer that you are professional about disagreements.

"I never really had a big disagreement with my manager.  The only thing I can think of was when I recently got back from a business trip, my manager told me I had to go on another one the next day.  In my previous company, it wasn't common to send someone on a business trip immediately, but another employee got sick so I had to fill in."

"I had a disagreement with my boss on how to do an assignment.  It was easy to resolve by having a discussion on the pro's and con's of both methods.  We didn't come to any conclusion which way was better, and I ended up performing the work the way my manager wanted.  This was because in case I couldn't finish the assignment, he could easily pick up where I left off."

"I don't think I've had a large disagreement with my boss before, but I do remember a small disagreement.  I received an email from my boss telling me that he wants me to stop the work I was doing on my project and give it to a co-worker.  He wanted me to start on a new project immediately.  I spent two and a half weeks on this project and I only had three days left.  I really wanted to finish this and it didn't make sense for me to hand this project off to someone else.  So I put some thought into it, went over to my boss's office, and asked him why this project couldn't wait three days.  He made his argument and I still didn't agree.  We discussed this for a while and we compromised by having someone help me finish the project I was working on so I can have some time to kick start the next project.  That's the only experience I had with a disagreement, but I learned that it only takes simple dialog and a little compromise to overcome a disagreement."

I know this answer is long, but all types of 'tell me about' questions are long.  You have to tell a story in the shortest way for them to understand while explaining the disagreement along with the outcome.  It's a huge question and it will take a long time to master 'tell me about' questions.  That is why you should diligent on these types of questions.

Learn English speaking much FASTER by downloading the TalkEnglish Offline Package and submerge yourself with over 8,000 audio files and over 800 pages of lessons!  Then you can study without Internet connection and also listen to audio files using your MP3 player at any time. Go to the English Download page and download today!