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14. What’s your style of influencing people?

This is a slightly trick question. The good team leader can change their style of influencing to suit the person they’re working with.

You’re likely to have a core style. Illustrate that and then illustrate how you can change it when necessary.

There’s another angle to this question, like the Russian doll within the Russian doll. When you’re in an interview, you are at that time trying to influence the interviewer. So make sure that the way you present the answer to this question reflects the demeanour and behaviour of the person you’re addressing.

It’s what you say

Tell them outright why no single style will do for everyone: ‘The main thing I’ve learned about influencing people is that they’re all ...

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