“It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure” — Bill Gates
We’ve all have personal failures at work: be it cutting corners to accommodate deadlines, missing deadlines altogether, or allowing small details to get in the way of the bigger picture. Whatever the reason, its important to admit you made the mistake and take the time to truly understand how you can improve next time.
So how do you answer this question in an interview?
Be honest and succinct, but take responsibility. Blaming others when situations go awry is a red flag in the interviewer’s eyes. Interviewers are interested in seeing how you took responsibility for your failure, what you learned from the situation, and what you would change to prevent a similar scenario from happening in the future. A successful answer takes all three components into consideration.
In the end, presenting yourself as someone who is willing to self-improve is your best recipe for a successful interview.