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25 Failures Questions And Answers

1⟩ What you should not say while answering this question, why should we hire you?

Bad answer:

I am the best candidate for the role.

A good answer will reiterate your qualifications and will highlight what makes you unique.

Good answer:

I have been a firefighter for the past five years, my boss has said time and time again that without me, the department would not function so well. I have also taken the time to educate myself on some of the non-standard techniques used in first response. I can react quickly in hectic situations, and can handle the responsibilities of a leadership role. What is good enough for most people is never really good enough for me.


2⟩ What you should not say while answering about the salary?

Bad answer:

In my last job I earned $35,000, so, now I am looking for $40,000.

If you can avoid it, do not give an exact number. The first person to name a price in a salary negotiation loses. Instead, re-iterate your commitment to the job itself. If you have to, give a broad range based on research you have conducted on that particular role, in your particular city.

Good answer:

I am more interested in the role itself than the pay. That said, I would expect to be paid the appropriate range for this role, based on my five years of experience. I also think a fair salary would bear in mind the high cost of living here in large cities.


3⟩ What you should not say while answering this question, where do you see yourself in five years?

Bad answer:

Relaxing on a beach in Maui or doing your job.

There is really no right answer to this question but the interviewer wants to know that you are ambitious, career-oriented and committed to a future with the company. So instead of sharing your dream for early retirement or trying to be funny, give them an answer that illustrates your drive and commitment.

Good answer:

In five years I would like to have an even better understanding of fire and rescue. Also, I really enjoy being the first to a scene. I work very well under pressure. Ultimately, I would like to be in a commander-type position, where I can use my organizational skills and industry knowledge to benefit the people working with me and those we are there to help.


4⟩ What you should not say while answering this question, tell us something about yourself?

Bad answer:

I graduated four years ago from the University of Michigan, with a Bachelor's degree in Biology but I decided that was not the right path for me. I switched gears and got my first job working in a fire department. Then I went on to work in another department and started participating in training courses. After that, I took a few months off to travel. Finally, I came back to start working again. And now, here I am, looking for a more challenging fire and rescue role.

Good answer:

I am a very energetic and well-rounded person who can follow instructions well. I am a good communicator and quite a team player. At the last department I was with I initiated medic classes for the firefighters who were interested in learning first-aid techniques. Because it was such a success, the entire department is in the process of getting certifications for all members in different areas of response medical aid.


5⟩ What you should not say while answering this question, why would you like to work in this industry?

Bad answer:

I like firefighting. I think it is really cool.

Do not just say you like it. Anyone can like firefighting. Focus instead on your history with the industry and if you can, tell a story.

Good answer:

I have always appreciated and admired those who put their lives on the line to protect our comminutues. My interest really piqued in firefighting however after I witnessed a post-crash rescue. I heard the calling as I watched the first response team pull the civilians to safety and out of harms way. It was then I knew that this is what I was meant to do.


6⟩ Please define failures in different ways?

Here are different ways to define failures:

☛ The condition or fact of not achieving the desired end or ends: the failure of an experiment.

☛ One that fails: a failure at one's career.

☛ The condition or fact of being insufficient or falling short: a crop failure.

☛ A cessation of proper functioning or performance: a power failure.

☛ Nonperformance of what is requested or expected, omission: failure to report a change of address.

☛ The act or fact of failing to pass a course, test or assignment.

☛ A decline in strength or effectiveness.

☛ The act or fact of becoming bankrupt or insolvent.


7⟩ What you should not say while answering this question, why do you want to leave your current job?

Bad answer:

I can not stand my boss or the work I am doing.

Again, stay away from badmouthing your job or employer. Focus on the positive.

Good answer:

I have learned a lot from my current role, but now I am looking for a new challenge, to broaden my horizons and to gain new skill-sets, all of which, I see the potential for in this job.


8⟩ What you should not say while answering this question, when were you most satisfied with your job?

Bad answer:

I was most satisfied when I did well and got praised for my work.

Do not give vague answers. Instead, think about something you did well and enjoyed that will be relevant at this new job. This is an opportunity for you to share your interests, prove that you are a great fit for the job and showcase your enthusiasm.

Good answer:

I am a people person. I was always happiest and most satisfied when I was interacting with community residents, making sure I was able to meet their needs and giving them the best possible comfort in a tough situation. It was my favorite part of the job, and it showed. Part of the reason I am interested in this job is that I know I would have even more interaction with the public, on an even more critical level.


9⟩ What you should not say while answering this question, what are your weaknesses?

Bad answer:

I work too hard or for the comedian, Blondes.

This question is a great opportunity to put a positive spin on something negative, but you do not want your answer to be cliche, joking or not. Instead, try to use a real example of a weakness you have learned to overcome.

Good answer:

I have never been very comfortable with public speaking, which as you know, can be a hindrance. Realizing this was a problem, I asked my previous department if I could enroll in a speech workshop. I took the class and was able to overcome my lifelong fear. Since then, I have given a lot of safety presentations to school children across the county. I still do not love it, but no one else can tell.


10⟩ What you should not say while answering, what did you not like about your last job?

Bad answer:

A lack of stability. I felt like the place could collapse around me at any time.

Try and stay away from anything that draws on the politics, culture or financial health of your previous employer. No matter how true it might be, comments like these will be construed as too negative. Also, you do not want to focus on a function that might be your responsibility in the next role. So think of something you disliked in your last job, but that you know for sure will not be part of this new role.

Good answer:

There was nothing about my last job that I hated but I guess there were some things I liked less than others. My previous role involved traveling at least twice a month. While I do love to travel, twice a month was a little exhausting, I did not like spending quite so much time out of the department. I am happy to see that this role involves a lot less travel.


11⟩ What you should not say while answering, how would you explain your gap of your employment?

Bad answer:

I was so tired of working and I needed a break or I just can not find a job.

Employment gaps are always tough to explain. You do not want to come across as lazy or unhireable. Find a way to make your extended unemployment seem like a choice you made, based on the right reasons.

Good answer:

My work is important to me, so I will not be satisfied with any old job. Instead of rushing to accept the first thing that comes my way, I am taking my time and being selective to make sure my next role is the right one.


12⟩ What you should not say while answering this question, what do you think about your previous boss?

Bad answer:

He was completely incompetent and a nightmare to work with, which is why I have moved on

Remember if you get the job, the person interviewing you will some day be your previous boss. The last thing they want is to hire someone who they know is going to badmouth them some day. Instead of trashing your former employer, stay positive, and focus on what you learned from them.

Good answer:

My last boss taught me the importance of time management. He did not pull any punches and was extremely driven. His no-nonsense attitude pushed me to work harder and to meet goals I never even thought were possible.


13⟩ What you should not say while answering the question, "describe a time when you did not get along with a co-worker"?

Bad answer:

I am easy to get along with, so I have never had any kind of discord with another coworker.

Interviewers do not like these types of easy out answers. And besides, they know you are probably not telling the truth. Think of a relatively benign (but significant) instance and spin it to be a positive learning experience.

Good answer:

I used to lock heads with a fellow EMT. We disagreed over a lot of things from the care of civilians to who got what shifts to how to speak with a victim's family. Our personalities just did not mesh. After three months of arguing, I pulled her aside and asked her to lunch. At lunch, we talked about our differences and why we were not getting along. It turns out, it was all about communication. We communicated differently and once we knew that, we began to work well together. I really believe that talking a problem through with someone can help solve any issue.


14⟩ What you should not say while answering this, what did motivate you?

Bad answer:

Doing a good job and being rewarded for it.

It is not that this answer is wrong, it is just that it wastes an opportunity. This question is practically begging you to highlight your positive attributes. So do not give a vague, generic response, it tells them very little about you. Instead, try and use this question as an opportunity to give the interviewer some insight into your character and use examples where possible.

Good answer:

I have always been motivated by the challenge in my last role, I was responsible for training our new recruits and having a 100% success rate in passing scores. I know that this job is very fast-paced and I am more than up for the challenge. In fact, I thrive on it.


15⟩ What you should not say while answering, what is your greatest failure and what did you learn from it?

Bad answer:

I never finished law school and everything that has happened since then has taught me that giving up, just because the going gets tough, is a huge mistake.

You do not 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 did not 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 would 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 am doing, I should strive to do it to the best of my ability. Otherwise, it is not worth doing at all.


16⟩ What you should not say while answering this, how would your friends describe you?

Bad answer:

I am a really good listener.

While being a good listener is a great personality trait, your employer probably does not care all that much. It is unlikely that they are hiring you to be a shoulder to cry on. You will want to keep your answer relevant to the job you are interviewing for and as specific as possible. If you can, insert an example.

Good answer:

My friends would probably say that I am extremely persistent I have never been afraid to keep going back until I get what I want. When I worked as a program developer, recruiting keynote speakers for a major tech conference, I got one rejection after another - this was just the nature of the job. But I really wanted the big players - so I would not take no for an answer. I kept going back to them every time there was a new company on board or some new value proposition. Eventually, many of them actually said yes, the program turned out to be so great that we doubled our attendees from the year before. A lot of people might have given up after the first rejection, but it is just not in my nature. If I know something is possible, I have to keep trying until I get it.


17⟩ List some tips to answer about your biggest failure?

The most important thing to remember when answering this question is that it really is not about what you did wrong. It is about how you handled a difficult situation and what you learned from it.

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19⟩ Why the question about failure makes you uncomfortable?

Great scientists and leaders and people who have made real change happen, all had to take a chance at failing. And when they did fail, the thing that sets them apart from those that do not succeed or do not even try, is that they know deep inside that they will find a way.

And so they pick themselves up, dust themselves off and continue forward, maybe looking for things to change or new allies to help but with the very real belief that they will get there eventually. And many of us are afraid that even the smallest failure means we will not get there.


20⟩ How would you be prepared for the failure questions?

To answer the question effectively, you want to go through your work history and come up with an example of something that went wrong or a mistake you made or a project that failed where you found a way to turn things around or at least learned a lesson that you can show you later applied successfully.