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"What is your greatest failure, and what did you learn from it?"

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  • Tell me about a time when you failed
  • What’s your favorite failure?

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An interviewer is looking to see how honest and open that you can be, and how easy it is for you to talk about your failures. They are looking to see if you are honest about human mistakes, or if you are only trying to paint the best picture of yourself. They are also seeing how you have bounced back or learned from these experiences.

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