Criticism comes with the territory in any job—and in life. So, in your job interview the interviewer will probably ask you about how you handle it. It may come in the form of a behavioral interview question such as ‘Describe a time when your work was criticized and how you handled it.’ Your answer—the story you choose and how you talk about it—will tell them a lot about your character and how you perform under pressure. Related: How To Prepare For Your Job Interview The truth is that in order to be successful, we all need to be open to criticism. If you aren’t, then you aren’t coachable. You can’t learn things that make you better than you were before. And if you can’t do that, then you don’t grow and you never become as accomplished or as valuable as you could be.
The question we all need to ask ourselves is: ‘Am I coachable?’Our ability to take criticism and learn from it to be better is crucial to our success. If you don’t take criticism well and always become defensive, eventually people will stop trying. That may feel nicer for you, but ultimately it hurts you. If your boss can’t communicate with you and help you to become better at your job, eventually they’ll just cut you loose. No one is perfect. We can all learn and improve. Everyone can be corrected or coached to a new place or a new behavior that makes us better, stronger, and more than we were before.
What does a good criticism response story sound like?Basically, all of these types of stories should sound like this:
- Tell about a time when someone told you how you could do some task differently or better.
- Tell how you responded and what you did in response (how you did that task better).
- Tell what the results were.