Software Engineer Behavioral Questions
Successfully Persuading Someone
Question: Please give me an example how you can successfully persuade someone.
a. This is an important social soft-skill.
b. Treating others professionally helps a lot in maintaining your image.
c. Mention if you succeeded, or if you’re still getting better at it.
Example: While working on my recent internship, I needed access to data from a different department to complete one segment of my project. The head of that department initially refused my request for access to the data on the basis of me being an intern. I went to my manager requesting assistance and she said it was a learning opportunity for me to work it out on my own. So I asked the department manager to meet in person. At that meeting, I walked him through the scope of my project, how the data would be used, and how it would be kept secure. Once he understood the actual use of the data and its security, he authorized my access later that day