How to Answer “Tell Me About a Time You Failed” – The Muse

March 1st, 2016 by admin

Some of the worst mistakes in interviews come from the simplest of questions. If you don’t review and get ready for the most commonly used ones, then you only have yourself to blame.

While not the most common interview question, the failure question—should you get it—is rather perplexing. How do you answer this honestly while also not scaring away your potential future employer by bringing up that time you fat-fingered a trade and lost the company a lot of money?It’s a tricky situation to be in. You want to impress, but you’re explicitly being asked to talk about something you failed at. So, what do you do?First things first, stay calm. Take a deep breath and say something like,

Source: How to Answer “Tell Me About a Time You Failed” – The Muse

Posted in Domestic Industry News, Job Hunt / Career Advice, Job Search Article

2 Responses

  1. Sheri Fobare

    I do not fail. I do not have “failures”. I simply missed the mark on the first or second try. I then look again at the problem, and tackle the situation from a different angle, redirecting my strategy as fast as lighting.

    Thomas Edison said he did not fail, but found 1000 ways to not make the light bulb work. Admitting failure to an employer or even the “attitude of failure” is a negative. We, who are in this industry must have the strength of a pillar. We do not fail, we redirect and solve the problem, build the bridge, reach for perfection and get the job done with an attitude that NOTHING is impossible, and the word “NO” or the phrase “I CAN’T”, is never in our vocabulary.

  2. David G.

    I agree Sheri. The employee role is one of constantly trying to hit the mark, whether spoken or unspoken. It’s all about how you frame your hits and misses, and what you did next.

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