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Turn your past failure into a winning interview

Turn your past failure into a winning interview

Two questions often seem to pop up.

  • "What is your biggest weakness?" Answering the typical "I'm too much of a perfectionist" is not going to help you stand out. Instead, identify a weakness that has nothing to do with the job for which you're interviewing.
  • "What has been your biggest failure?" Quickly address the failure, then direct the attention to what you've learned from the experience, ensuring you emphasise other positive traits.

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  • Come prepared with questions and ensure you ask them. Failure to do so could cost you the job.
  • From when you arrive at your interview to when you leave is potentially part of the interview. Make every moment count.
  • Don't panic if you ...

Instead of answering, get them to talk first by asking what the range is for the job.

  • "You have two teleportation devices—where do you place them and why?" is an entertaining question that helps to understand how a candidate thinks logically and imaginatively.
  • "If you were on an island and could only bring three things, what would you bring?"

Both the interviewer and the candidate should feel fully in the moment to bring out the best dialogue.

Create an effective presentation of who you are and what you offer. Focus on your actual skills that go beyond your resumé.

Nothing is more impressive than arriving at an interview and being prepared and well informed about the company - its values, goals, history, current events, and who you might be meeting with.

When a candidate is invited to an interview, the hiring manager automatically assumes they meet the basic skillset.

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