Tell me about a situation when your work was criticized

The secret to success is honesty. The interviewer genuinely wants to know about the time your work was criticized, but more importantly the interviewer wants to know how you handled it. This is one of those questions that tells the interviewer more about who you are as a person. The interviewer is more interested in how you handle criticism. Do you get irritated or do you take it in stride and learn from it.

The trick here is to be honest, but not too honest. Tell them about a real scenario when your work was criticized. Of course, that made you feel angry and sad, but that part the interviewer need not know about. Instead focus on how you learned from that criticism, and implemented what you learned in your work.

Try to frame the answer in such a way that makes you look humble, and shows that you take criticism gracefully, paying attention to it, learning from it and reflecting that in your work. Try not to lie, and while it is okay to exaggerate a little try to avoid it, as in this instance it would be clear if you are not being entirely truthful.

Don’t feel like you need to hide the fact that it made you feel bad and/or angry. It is okay if it made you angry, but don’t show that it affected you or your work. Also, make sure it doesn’t seem that you are still angry, as this will tell the interviewer that you are one to hold a grudge and can’t let things go, and you don’t want the interviewer to think that.

Instead talk about how initially it made you angry but once you cooled down you realized what the person what trying to say. You then saw the truth in their words, and implemented the changed in your work accordingly. Say how that situation made you humble and helped you realize that you can learn from others or how you need to take other people’s opinions into consideration, so on and so forth.

You don’t have to go into detail about what the work was, or what they criticism was about. Instead just focus on what you learned from the scenario and how it made you a better person.

Sample Answer:

I once worked on an important project that could have landed us a big client. I worked on that project continuously for 3 weeks, but before the final meeting as we were going over certain parts of the project, my co-worker pointed out some things, which my manager asked me to change. Initially, I felt disheartened that the project I was working on so hard was being changed, but then I realized that they weren’t disregarding my work but rather they were helping add more value to it. Of course, we landed the client.

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