When you think of failures you probably assume they are a negative thing to discuss, right? Well, when it comes to interviews discussing your failures, it’s all how you frame them! And here’s how you can address them in a way that puts your best foot forward.
Questions focusing on failure
When in an interview you’re normally a little nervous about what kind of questions they’re going to ask. But, if you prepare, it will be a lot easier. You can almost always count on a question about a past failure to be asked during an interview. Whether that’s, “why did you get fired?” “Why did you leave your last job?” Or “tell us about a failure?” You will need to be prepared to answer them honestly.
These questions help the employer get to know who you are and how you react to hard times. A failure can be looked at as a negative, but potential employers want to see how you have let your failures help you grow and become a better employee. It’s not just about the failure; it’s about how it helped you in the long run.
How to spin failures into achievements
When you answer these questions about your failures, take your time. Make sure that you’re thinking about what you learned, not how you felt. Because no one likes failure… But it’s what you take away from it that can make you either successful or not.
And in a job interview, you want to show that you’ve grown and become more successful because of your failures. If you spin your failures into achievements, such as a better job, a better outlook, becoming more successful, or anything that shows you’ve accomplished something due to failure, demonstrates that you’re adaptable and very hirable. Which of course, is what you want hiring manager’s to see you as.
Why talking about failures can help you land the job
When you get asked failure questions in an interview, it can be a moment where you show the interviewers you’re the perfect fit for the position. Your outlook on different complications is a huge soft skill that can either kill your chances of getting the job or get your hired. If you have a positive and optimistic outlook, as well as take responsibility for your faults, it shows them you can work well in any environment.
If you’re able, to be honest, and open about your faults, it will 100 percent help you land your dream job.
Failure questions will always be an important part of the interview process, and if you follow these tips it will help you be more prepared to rock these questions! And in turn, will show the prospective company you’re ready to fill their new position.