Career Tip Tuesday

We all make mistakes. Answering this question incorrectly during an interview should not be one of your next mistakes. Your future employer is trying to discover if you are self-aware and can be honest about mistakes. It is also important to show how you learn from your mistakes.

Respond to this type of question with a compelling story that uses the “STAR” framework: Situation, Task, Action, and Results.

 Here is a good example:

SITUATIONWhen I first started working from home, I was not prepared and was not able to focus on my job.

TASK: I needed to find a way to get some privacy in a small apartment.

ACTION: I bought a room divider and set it up in front of a desk in a corner of my bedroom.

RESULT: Now I am able to interact with my team members and have the privacy I need to focus on my work.

 Errors are inevitable in any job – what is important is the way you explain how you handle them.

  • Use an honest example that’s believable.
  • Explain what you did to resolve the situation.
  • Be prepared with stories that show what you’ve learned and show how you would handle mistakes in the future.

If you want to develop stories that will help you answer

any interview question with ease, click here.

Stay safe, remain positive and be proactive about your career goals.