I love the “how do you handle failure” interview question. Or a similar version such as “Tell me about a time you failed.” It allows you generous room to take it where you need to go.
In some cases, you may meet an interviewer who tries to trap you. Or see how you react to tough questions. But most interviewers just want to learn about you and how you might fit in as an employee.
What you need to know about failure
Often even the most well-intentioned interview questions catch you off guard. And you brain freeze for a moment … and then think “How can I make myself look good” rather than how can I make this question really work for me for THIS job.
One of my first interviews out of grad school was with a major bank. After a few basic questions, the Senior Vice President looked me in the eyes and asked “Have you ever failed?” Well, I wasn’t going to admit to failure!
But I didn’t realize that [Read more…]