Behavioural Interview Question – Tell me about a time when you received criticism

Behavioural Interview Question – Tell me about a time when you received criticism


In this video, we will answer the behaviour
interview question: “Tell me about a time when you received criticism or somebody criticised
your work. In this video, you’ll learn: Why this question is asked/What the psychology
behind it is How to answer this question step by step
And how to wrap it up gracefully So, stay tuned. This question illustrates your ability to
learn. While being open to feedback is not easy for
most people, they want to see that you can take it in stride, analyse it and make changes
based on the criticism if it makes sense to do so. Good candidates don’t take it personally. A good answer will show emotional maturity,
adaptability and open-mindedness. So, what I say… I actually just come right out and say I don’t
take it personally. I strongly believe that that’s something
that’s really helped me out a lot in interviews is to just be honest and say, “I don’t
take the criticism personally.” They want to see that you not only take it
in stride but that you don’t get defensive or blame other people, but rather, you take
it in, and you analyse it, and you use it to improve. How do you answer this specifically, step
by step? So, we’ll use the S.A.R.I. formula: Situation,
Action, Result and Interesting features. And that tells a story. So, let’s get into it. Step 1: Situation
Here’s where you set the stage. For example, you worked on project X, and
you received criticism that said you should do something different. So, you describe the criticism that you received,
and that’s setting the stage. Say you were planning an event, and they told
you that something at the event didn’t go very well. Step 2: Action
Talk about the action that you took. So, for example, the first thing you should
always do is thank them for the feedback. It’s always the first thing that you can
never go wrong with. No matter how horrible the feedback might
be delivered or how hurt you might feel by the feedback, just say, “Thank you for your
feedback.” It goes a long way, and it diffuses any situation
that could have [inaudible 00:03:07]. I’ve done it so many times. It works really well! So, remember, thank them for their feedback
first. Then, the action that you took… For example, you understood what they were
saying. Maybe you agreed with it. If you did agree with it, instead of getting
defensive and making excuses, you could say, “Thank you for your feedback. I will take that into consideration, and I
will apply it next time. I appreciate you taking the time to give me
that feedback.” Sometimes it’s not easy to do, but it’s
necessary, and it’s the mature way to go. Step 3: Results
“The results that came from my action were…” So, when you’re telling the story, improvement
moving forward is better due to the feedback being taken into account. So, feedback is so important. You can’t grow; you can’t learn if someone
doesn’t give you feedback. Step 4: Interesting Features
Oftentimes, interesting features can come in the form of what you learned, but they
can come in other forms, too. So, they can be anything from you learned
how to communicate better with a certain person, or you understood that person’s needs a
little bit better, or you learned how to take feedback better. So, for example, what you learned here. [inaudible 04:29] input meant that you could
move forward faster and more efficiently, and you think that disagreements are what
make stronger teams. If everyone thought in the same way, we would
have no disagreements, but we also would have no growth, right? Learning is always great. If you can highlight a learning lesson from
any story, that’s where the real meat is, in my opinion. And there you have it—how to answer the
question: “Tell me about a time when you received criticism.” There are a lot more concrete examples to
help with this answer and all the others in the free guide if you’re interested in going
a little deeper on this topic. Thank you so much for watching, and if you
did want more help with these types of questions, I’ve got you covered. All you have to do is click the link below
to get the free instant access to downloading the free guide to situational interviewing. What you’ll learn in the guide… First of all, you’ll learn the breakdown
of the S.A.R.I. formula, why it works, and the psychology behind it. You’ll learn step-by-step examples for all
the questions that are the most common in these situational behavioural interview question
[inaudible 05:45], and you’ll receive fill-in-the-blank templates for each of these questions, so
all you have to do is fill in the blanks with your own stories, practice and you’re ready
to go. And just in case you’re still stuck, there
are 25 questions that you can ask yourself to prepare your own stories a lot faster and
more effectively. The questions get you thinking, and these
25 questions will definitely have you covered with coming up with your own stories. And that’s all I’ve got for you today. You’ll also get it in this beautifully designed
workbook that you can… that is specifically designed to help you prepare for your own
interviews, and it’s been super helpful for so many people, and I would really love
for you to share in that with us. So, by the end of working through the guide,
you’ll be totally ready for any situational interview question that comes your way. Thanks so much for watching, and I’ll see
you next week. Have a great one!

4 thoughts on “Behavioural Interview Question – Tell me about a time when you received criticism

  • I think that critics are good, cause I learn from it and I become better and better thanks to it. 🙂

  • woh ! How calmly u hv described all. for a person like me it's difficult to handle criticism. My sister is a consultant & she often asks me 2 work on my personality… Coz m quick in replying .. Thanks a lot … they way u HV explained it seems very accepting and easy to ask for d feedback even after being criticised …… thx a lot….

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