Interview Question 2: “Talk About Your Failures”
After “How Would Your Boss or Co-worker Describe You?“, the failure question has become another most asked question at the interviews by the hiring managers. So, when you are asked to talk about your failures, what would you say? Can you really handle it positively without making the situation against you? If no, then here we got a trick for you.
- Pick a Real Failure
Pick up a real incidence in which something went wrong. Yes, SOMETHING and not Everything. Do not look up for a situation in which everything ruined up and also not so recent one. It should be a situation in which nothing important was at stake due to your action.
- Define Failure in Your Own Words
You have to define in any situation for why do you consider that situation a failure for you. So, before you start with your story quote what failure is according to you (that should also cover up your story). Like:
“For me, if I or anybody else fails to meet the expectations, then that is a failure.”
Remember that your failure story need not to be any incidence of failure, it can also be what you have defined your failure as.
- Tell Your Story
Once you have mentioned your definition of failure, you can start with your story. And yes, be quick don’t get into the deep narration, instead come up with your punch line quickly. With your answer, you have to show how efficiently you handle setbacks. So, start with what the situation was and what made it challenging, and head towards how you tried to do and what went wrong.
- Share What You Learned
Once you have talked about the bad, it’s time to end up with the good. So, wrap up your answer with how that failure helped you learn a lesson.
So, when you would be asked this question next time, you have to take a deep breath first, stay calm and answer on the similar lines.