Describe a situation when you had to be friendly with someone you didn’t like

Describe a situation when you had to be friendly with someone you didn’t like

You should say:

  • What the situation was
  • Who this person was
  • When it was
  • Why you had to be friendly

Sample Answer:

Well… If people never had fights, we would all live in a perfect world. Sadly, things are different in reality. For instance, I’ve been working for the same company for several years now, and I get on well with my colleagues. The only person I can’t stand is our new department manager ’cause he is a nag, and he often shouts at people for no reason.

Recently I had just another unpleasant situation. He shouted at me because of a mistake I’d made the day before. He was really rude to me. I apologized for it and said I’d already fixed the situation. Moreover, it was just a minor mistake that didn’t entail any losses or negative consequences. You know, even if it had been a big one, he didn’t have the right to humiliate me in the presence of others. I’m sure I didn’t deserve such an attitude.

I was really angry and offended, but I had to keep calm because any emotional reactions would just aggrə the situation. And there’s one unwritten rule in my company. Whatever your boss does, you cannot shout at them or react emotionally. I mean if I had shouted back or reacted emotionally, I would have risked being fired for insubordinate behaviour. What’s more, at that moment I was still hoping to get a promotion. You see I’d been plugging away for several years for that. didn’t want to ruin my future because of this person.