Curious what is a good reply to this common interview question.
What Was Your Greatest Failure Interview Question?
The greatest failure is a common interview question on Wall Street and it is important to construct a solid answer to this question. When selecting a failure to answer this question it is very important that you select an actual failure and that you explain in a way that teaches the interviewer a bit more about you and how you deal with difficult situations.
Biggest Failure Examples
Our users supplied some good examples of failures to use in interviews. A common thread among answers is the quality of persistence.
- I was overconfident in one of my classes and failed the first test. It was a wake up call and I knew it would be a challenge to save the grade. I then talk about how I turned it around, studied hard, set goals, aced the second and third exams and passed with an A-. - User @GOB
- Starting a business that failed but led to another opportunity could also be a decent example, as you gained valuable attributes and were able to leverage them into a new career, etc - User @rufiolove - An Investment Banking Vice President
- Failing to make a sports team but then going on to excel at another sport as an example. User @rufiolove - An Investment Banking Vice President
Biggest Failure Interview Question Sample Answer
Below is an example answer for "what is your greatest failure?"
During my freshman year of college, early on I became involved a business fraternity, my school's student investment fund, and took a heavy course load of 21 credits. Due to this heavy work load, my first round of exams in college suffered as I was not able to study enough for any of my courses. After mid-terms I was tracking for a 3.2 GPA. At that point, I knew I needed to course correct so I choose to scale back my commitment to my business fraternity and employed the use of a planner in order to be able to better schedule my time. By the end of the semester, I was able to bring my GPA up to 3.4. While that was not where I wanted it to be, the planning structure that I put in place was something that I continued to use throughout college.
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