More Magazine Awkward Interview Question Issue 25th March 2013

This week: ‘Tell me about a failure you faced…’

Tony Wilmot of explains how to handle that curveball

There are two reasons they ask this. The first is to test your honesty – at some points in our lives, we’ll have experienced failure. The second reason is because you have to answer will invariably lead on to a question about how quickly you realised your error and how you went about correcting it. 

Before the interview, think of a project or situation that didn’t go well. Ideally, it’ll be something that reflects elements of the role you’re being interviewed for. You need to answer honestly and explain what steps you’ll take to make sure you get it right next time around. Avoid blaming other people directly, but do explain any difficult circumstances. Also, if you can, give evidence of how things improved, eg ‘Sales increased by 10% after I did x.’

(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article ‘So you want to be a Florist’ in Issue 25th March 2013, I did not write this!)

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