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15 Toughest Interview Questions (and Answers!)

Tania Khadder | GovCentral

9. What is your greatest failure, and what did you learn from it?

Bad answer:
I never finished law school – and everything that’s happened since has taught me that giving up, just because the going gets tough, is a huge mistake.”

You don’t want to actually highlight a major regret – especially one that exposes an overall dissatisfaction with your life. Instead, focus on a smaller, but significant, mishap, and how it has made you a better professional.

Good answer:
“When I was in college, I took an art class to supplement my curriculum. I didn’t take it very seriously, and assumed that, compared to my Engineering classes, it would be a walk in the park. My failing grades at midterm showed me otherwise. I’d even jeopardized my scholarship status. I knew I had to get my act together. I spent the rest of the semester making up for it, ended up getting a decent grade in the class. I learned that no matter what I’m doing, I should strive to do it to the best of my ability. Otherwise, it’s not worth doing at all.”




Next Page: How do you explain your gap in employment?


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    RonaldJSolorsano

    about 4 years ago

    32 comments

    a time i did not get along with a co- worker is when he played pass the buck and did'nt want to get information for a report. I took the information from the victim but later informed my supervisor that the officer in question failed to perform his duties.

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    RonaldJSolorsano

    about 4 years ago

    32 comments

    my last job the superviosion of the company was not good. and the company did not care as long as they were paid.

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    RonaldJSolorsano

    about 4 years ago

    32 comments

    my director of security was new and had no knowledge of mall security, I had to make him aware of the enviroment, but have no real bad things to say wish the patrol vehicles were S.U.V.S. versus compact cars!!!

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    RonaldJSolorsano

    about 4 years ago

    32 comments

    I have always been satisfied in my job doing what needed to be done and handling the situations involving people and situations im a problem solver and keeper of the peace it's who I am.

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    RonaldJSolorsano

    about 4 years ago

    32 comments

    I was in the auto industry, sales had declined and i was told that positions needed to be trimmed and that i was in a position that was no longer needed (new car inventory assistant.) I was then told that I was laid off due to decine in sales.

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    RonaldJSolorsano

    about 4 years ago

    32 comments

    my greatest failure was not completing high school and I learned the hard way that without a education you are destin to be in a dead end job for life. Education is the key for success and I realized it and returned completed a G.E.D. and went on to a Chicago Communitty College to successfully obtain a Degeree in Criminal Justice (with honors.) what I learned"Failure is not a option".

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    RonaldJSolorsano

    about 4 years ago

    32 comments

    I am a hard worker, never call off, always early before the start of my shift, always willing to stay for overtime or if needed and always willing to help my co-workers.

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    RonaldJSolorsano

    about 4 years ago

    32 comments

    Im looking for a job in law enforcemnt, im not in it for the pay check whatever the agency is offering is acceptable I want to serve and protect my country.

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    RonaldJSolorsano

    about 4 years ago

    32 comments

    my greatest wekness used to be speaking outloud to the public since college and my current position that has been overcomed. I now feel that my greatest weakness is kindness to officer needs.

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    RonaldJSolorsano

    about 4 years ago

    32 comments

    I would like to see myself excel within the agency and obtain a command position and grow within.

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    RonaldJSolorsano

    about 4 years ago

    32 comments

    I have a Associates Degree in criminal justice and would like to put it to work for me i have learned all that i can within the security field and feel that it is time to move on to something bigger and better.

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    RonaldJSolorsano

    about 4 years ago

    32 comments

    my previous boss was to detail oriented but had a strong knowledge of what the client wanted but strived to hard to meet those expectations and broke sum rules to get the job done which i cannot condone.

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    RonaldJSolorsano

    about 4 years ago

    32 comments

    im a team player, a hard worker, and do the best that i can for the company, willing to work overtime and help out my co- workers in whatever they need.

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    RonaldJSolorsano

    about 4 years ago

    32 comments

    i am interested in law enforcement and serving the public i have always wanted to serve my country be it the military or law enforcement. I consider it a privelidge to serve.

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    cgrimmcr

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Why do you keep referring to the job as a "role" It sounds contrives - actually, downright dumb

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