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ADP Inside Sales Associate Interview Question

I interviewed in Buena Park, CA and was asked:
"If you could be #1 employee but have all your coworkers dislike you or you could be #15 employee and have all your coworkers like you, which would you choose?"
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#1 employee, because I am here to work and be the best employee that I can be. People may dislike me for other reasons, but as long as my managers like me...all that matters.
- Interview Candidate on May 6, 2011 Flag Response
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I'd definitely go for being the #15 employee. Being hated at work is going to destroy your productivity, both by making you loathe your job and making it nearly impossible for you to motivate a team of co-workers to get bigger projects done.
- GBAD on Jan 6, 2012 Flag Response
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There are 53,000 employees at ADP. To have 14 people ranked higher than you within that organisation is still a sign that you are one of the most valuable employees.

Better to have 14 people ranked higher than you and have a productive and courteous relationship with your coworkers than to be #1 and have a dysfunctional relationship with your coworkers.
- value exchange on Jan 8, 2012 Flag Response
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I guess my question back to the interviewer would be, what do you mean by "#1 employee"? On what scale?

That said, I would probably choose to be well-respected over being the top dog.
- Jeff Olson on Jan 10, 2012 Flag Response
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I can hardly envision a company or a scenario where a person disliked by his or her co-workers would be the Number 1 employee. Organizations require relationships to achieve results. It would have to be a place where everyone worked independently of each other for this scenario to happen.
- DJ on Jan 10, 2012 Flag Response
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#1 v. #14 matters based on the size of the company. In really large companies, #14 is still impressive.

More important though, I am ok with people disliking me if they respect me.
- Yianni on Jan 10, 2012 Flag Response
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I'd definitely be #15 with people who like you... there's room for growth - you can always strive for and move to the #1 position. However, being #1 with people who don't like you makes for a stressful work environment - and once someone doesn't like you (especially a group) it's very hard to change their minds.
- LD on Jan 10, 2012 Flag Response
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You cannot be the #1 employee if everyone dislikes you. I've been at this company, and that high productivity employee that everyone hates destroys 10x more morale from their co-workers than they produce in raw output. Morale is correlated strongly with productivity, thus they are actually a burden on the company. They should be let go so the rest of the people can scale up their work without that egotistical "#1 employee" around.
- BK on Jan 10, 2012 Flag Response
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My desired employee "ranking" shouldn't be about how it pays off for me personally, but about what I am doing for the company. If #15 is still relatively productive (if there are many hundreds or thousands of employees), then it would be a bigger win overall for me to be well-liked and #15.

However, if being #15 represents a big loss in productivity (for example, if #15 was the worst employee), then I would have to say it would be better for me to be the #1 employee, or, if I can't change other factors to be both well-liked and a more productive employee, I ought to move to a company, department or job where I am better suited to being both well-liked and productive.
- Nick on Jan 10, 2012 Flag Response
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#15, people like you and you have room for growth and a clear path to greater success.

Don't ask the interviewer what they mean on this question, this one has an obvious answer.
- DY on Jan 10, 2012 Flag Response
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Employee #7 - In a situation where your company apparently instigates employee conflict, I would rather be in a position to dislike at least half of my colleagues.
- kmfk on Jan 10, 2012 Flag Response
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The way to answer this would be state it can't exist either way. There is now way to ensure that everyone likes or dislikes you. They would be to achieve the highest possible rank through dedication, persistence, hard work, and teamwork. Your respect from others at work is more important than having someone like you. But to become a leader... some people have to like you, for them to follow.
- mwd on Jan 10, 2012 Flag Response
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The way to answer this would be state the following:

"It can't exist either way. There is no way to ensure that everyone likes or dislikes you. The best way to achieve the highest possible rank in a company is with dedication, persistence, hard work, and teamwork. Your respect from others at work is more important than having someone like you. But to become a leader... some people have to like you, for them to follow."
- mwd on Jan 10, 2012 Flag Response
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Be number 15. People who like you will support you and you can then be #uno!!!
Being a disliked #1 is an oxymoron, no pun intended.
- Watch and learn on Jan 10, 2012 Flag Response
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Obviously neither b/c both things can't both be true. In an interview if some one gives you an either or question generally I don't give either of the options.
- Nimzo on Jan 10, 2012 Flag Response
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I'd rather be #2. I try harder and probably have at least one or two people in the Dept. who like me, other than my manager.
- Anonymous on Jan 10, 2012 Flag Response
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If being #1 means making $100 million a year, I'll take that. But if being #1 and being #15 is not much different, then it depends on the size of the company. In a 15 person company, I'd rather be #1 than #15. In a 15,000 person company, I'd choose #15.
- toadaly on Jan 10, 2012 Flag Response
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Me: I'd be number 15, because I probably helped 1-14 that's why they like me so much.
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Me: I'd rather be Paul, its a bit longer than 15 but it saves you a syllable when pronouncing it.
- Paul on Jan 10, 2012 Flag Response
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Is it possible to be #1 and be hated by all my co-workers at your company? If so I strongly disagree with the way your company is being run and I now withdraw my application for the position.

<flip table><leave>
- Anonymous2 on Jan 10, 2012 Flag Response
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Define "#1 Employee? Most sales?" Also, how many employees are there altogether?
- vuvuzela on Jan 10, 2012 Flag Response
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Define "coworkers"?
If that includes my boss and people above me, then #15.
If not... #1. F'...'em
- JC on Jan 10, 2012 Flag Response
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#15. There's no downside.

Since the question doesn't say that how good you are at your job changes between the two scenarios, it can be said that the only differences between the two are (A) whether or not your coworkers like you, and (B) whether or not you get to work with people better than you. Working with a higher caliber of people is best both for your personal growth and for the growth of the company, so the second option is superior.
- Chris on Jan 10, 2012 Flag Response
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I think it is # 1 employee in one particular department. I would be happy with #1, as people may be unhappy because of many reasons, one being Jealous. Not only that would't number 1 make you happy, proud? Do what makes you happy, everything else will fall in place.

GBAD: how can being #1 destroy your productivity? The very fact that you are #1 speaks for your self.
- Mitesh S on Jan 10, 2012 Flag Response
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If you are #1, you are the best corporate citizen and all others can follow /learn from you. if you are #15, you have fallen behind as a corporate citizen and you made others who like you fall behind you and other 14 people took advantage of you
- HV on Jan 10, 2012 Flag Response
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I would like to be #15, still if it be the last position. I'm sure to get #1 position with my dedication, performance, hard work, in such a way, everyone will be happy with me. No. 1 does not mean just a rank, it is to be one so that other employees idealize you, and this way we will increase our organization productivity.
- FAS on Jan 10, 2012 Flag Response
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For me it depends upon the work culture in the company and how my peers are.
If my peers want to be in top position regardless of others dislike, I would do the same.
- amar on Jan 10, 2012 Flag Response
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I would prefer #15. It has an obvious answer to my way of thinking. These have been helpful to read a bunch of questions that appear nonsensical on the surface. Before I read a few of them, I would have attacked the question like many here have done. I can see how the interviewer would like for you to consider the question, which is keeping in the spirit of what is being asked, not pick apart the question itself. It reminds me of a group brainstorming ideas to a complex question.
- JimA on Jan 11, 2012 Flag Response
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Obviously #15. Cause if you're #1 and nobody likes you, you must be a dick.
- Steveo on Jan 11, 2012 Flag Response
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I agree on some level with the people who say it is important to get along with your coworkers to get things done. But on the other hand, I wonder WHY is a low ranked employee more liked? If he is more liked because he tells the funniest jokes and parties constantly, then I don't really want that for myself. I want a job that I can excel at. That doesn't mean I'm going to be rude, but if I have to not care about my work to be liked then it's not worth it.
- Lisa on Jan 11, 2012 Flag Response
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# 1, If i'm at #1 then its because people like me and my way of work else I would not have reached here.
- Neethu on Jan 19, 2012 Flag Response
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Would you rather be intelligent or happy?
- Vlad on Jan 29, 2012 Flag Response
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The company whose top employee is disliked by everyone for whatever reason(s) is definitely not a company I'd like to work for.
- Vlad on Jan 29, 2012 Flag Response
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In order to be #1 one of my requirements would be that I was well-liked. In other words, being well liked and #1 go hand in hand-ie its not possible to be #1 the way I define it, if you are disliked by all.

However, I'll choose being the disliked Chief over being the well-liked Indian every time. , if my choices are limited to the way you phrased the question.
- Steve on Feb 7, 2012 Flag Response
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#15, because there's going to be room at the top soon enough.
- Bee Kay on Mar 6, 2012 Flag Response
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I would actually respond with, "I would rather be #8. I envision being hated by some and liked by many so therefore I would come in to do what is requested of me, contribute as best as possible, and also try to excel at all I am doing. I know that some will feel that I am going after their jobs and in turn will hate me, but some will see the great job I will be doing and will love me. So in turn #8 is where I would place myself and I wouldn't limit myself to such extremes."
- C S on Apr 5, 2012 Flag Response
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Personally, I don't care if no one likes me. If my boss loves me and thinks I'm doing an excellent job, why does it matter what people at my level or below me think? Of course, it would depend on where you worked. For example, if you're a teacher that does a good job but is hated by all of your students, that would be bad. This question makes me think of an analogy that someone gave me:

Picture two kids. One is on the floor, and one is on the top of a desk. Ask the one on the desk to pull the other one up with him, and they probably can't. But ask the one on the floor to pull the other down with him, he can do it easily.

Point: It would be much easier to go from number one down if your coworkers hated you than it would be to maintain or go up from number 15. Still, if I am in a position where my coworkers feelings have nothing to do with what my boss thinks of me, I would choose to be number one.
- Stephanie on May 8, 2012 Flag Response
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Do you like zuckerberg?
- Prashanth on Jul 6, 2012 Flag Response
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I would much prefer to be respected than liked.
If you are #1 you will have more information and therefore a clearer picture of the best direction for the company. People may hate your decisions now but in time by driving to the goal, the company, shareholders and all employees will be better off.
Once you succeed you'll have more "friends" than you know what do with.
Plus if everyone hates you now it's very easy to build significant improvements. Get one person to like you and that is a huge % jump in your "likeability".
- bj on Aug 3, 2012 Flag Response
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It all depends on the role you are recruited to play. If team work is of importance, then #15 is the option. if team work is not a requirement, then #1 would be an option because initially majority of people work for the money and later comes esteem needs. So the question back to the interviewer, "Is team work important for this position?".
- Nick (the other one) on Jan 22, 2013 Flag Response
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Say if Amazon has approx. 20,000 employees in its Seattle office then I would like to be
#15 employee and have all your coworkers like me. As only 14 employees be ahead me whereas I'll be above rest 19,985 employees and dear to all. This will increase my productivity and hard work that soon i'll reach #1....

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- Neha on Feb 28, 2013 Flag Response
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So is the question a conundrum or a fallacy?
- Himil on Oct 21, 2013 Flag Response
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I know this is not an option here, but I would like none of those. Rather i would like to be respected for my actions and decision that I take. Being liked or disliked with co-worker might make one biased or hesitant about one's action and might put one self before the taking the right decision.
- Big O on Jan 20, 2014 Flag Response

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