Do you have an upcoming job interview? Check out my example answer to the interview question: “Can you tell me about a time you wished you had handled a situation with a coworker OR fellow student differently?“
It’s a great question to gain insight into someone’s job-related weaknesses and self-reflection. Provide an answer that shows how you respond to failure, reflect upon and learn from past experiences. You can use the CARL framework to structure your answer. Down below you can find a suitable sample answer:
√ Do focus on your part of the equation. The interviewer does not care whether you are right and the coworker is wrong. More importantly, explain how you’ve handled the situation and what you would have done differently for a better outcome.
X Don’t blame your coworker and say something along the lines of: “Perhaps I should have done things differently, but if my coworker wasn’t ignorant, the situation would not have happened”. Show that you take responsibility regardless of your coworker’s behavior and actions.