I interviewed for two positions with the same employer. Position A in a big city with work that suits me very well, position B in a remote and rural setting with work that would be more challenging and farther from my expertise. At the time that I interviewed for position B, I already had an offer for position A. At the end of the interview for position B, the interviewers asked me which position I would prefer if I received both offers. I answered honestly and directly: content-wise I would prefer A, location-wise I would prefer B.
I have Asperger's Syndrome and am poor at reading people, and I am also poor at being indirect or not entirely honest. I could have said "I'm not 100% sure", which would be true, but in reality I was ~99% sure. From the panel response, I wasn't sure if they actually expected an honest answer, and if I might have been expected to give a more diplomatic answer. In the end, I ended up being ranked 2nd for B. I wonder if the answer to the "which one do you prefer" question may have made a difference.
Would interviewers expect a direct and honest answer to the question "which position do you prefer" when I do prefer the other one, or would they rather expect a diplomatic answer?