You’d want to emphasise your strengths and successes when you go into a job interview. But what happens when the interviewer wants to know about your failures? In this week’s KIQ, we explore this difficult question.
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Liz Wessel is the CEO and co-founder of WayUp, a US-based website used by college students to find jobs at large organisations. She is also a former Google employee. Speaking with Business Insider, she revealed some questions that she likes to ask job candidates, one of which is “Can you tell me about a time you’ve experienced failure in the workplace?”
“If a candidate cannot explain a few times they slipped up during the process, or a time they hit a roadblock, then they probably weren’t learning enough,” she says. “I want to know that you challenged yourself and pushed yourself to learn. And I want to know that you learned from the mistakes you made along the way.”
The question might make some applicants uncomfortable. Nobody wants to replay a time they screwed up, especially not in front of a potential employer. The best way to approach this question is with humility. Admit to your own failures and explain the lessons you learnt from it.
How would you tackle this question? Let us know in the comments.