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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.”




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    alkdean

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I have to say that I stopped reading this article after the fifth or sixth typo and grammatical error. I'm certainly not a perfect writer, but seriously... how am I supposed to find this information credible if the author can't be bothered to run spell check or re-read the work they're putting out there for a large audience to read?

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    Jane

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    I found these questions to be very helpful. However, I didn't see anything there that I didn't already know. Since in my last two jobs I did the interviewing for positions. I do find that a person needs to be well presented when they go to an interview. Appearance is very important for me at least!!!

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    DoctorTractor

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    I am Retired From the USAF an the retirement will no pay todays bills.
    an so many people does not want to pay for the person that has the training an smarts with The tools to complete each job. they want it for free.
    I have the college hours an the training with all of that an you still won't Hire me an I have over 800 hours in four degrees. Along with over thirty five years of working on every thing.
    you still will not get hired though here with out being in your school so I quite typing with your gov. jobs you can now go to hell.

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    Account Removed

    over 5 years ago

    i understood the "bad answers" and what you were trying to communicate to us; these lessons were excellent; it keeps you in check, keeps you focus on what you really want to tell the interviewer; and though these might be the "right" answers, hopefully the interviewer will ask the "right" questions and respond accordingly

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    Blackwelder

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I agree with the first answer (the bad one), but there is nothing about the second answer (the good one) that I would be willing to say about my current boss. Plus, the Second answer makes you sound like you were late to work many times (time management), you couldn't meet deadlines (deadline-driven), you created issues in the office and tended not to work very well (no-nonsense attitude pushed me to work harder) and that you aren't a very good worker (meet deadlines that I never even thought were possible). That is what I would get from that answer if I was interviewing someone. It is a nice way to say that you are a lousy employee and you boss had to stand over your shoulder to get the job done. Who would hire someone like that????

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    chris2134

    over 5 years ago

    148 comments

    The bad answer for question 2 sounds like something an indecisive person would say ;_;

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