Owning up to Your Mistakes

When asked to describe a professional mistake or failure, the best answer acknowledges your own mistake and describes a learning outcome and improvement. Deflecting the blame, minimizing the impact of the mistake or otherwise indicating that it wasn’t really your fault gives an impression of low emotional maturity.

Answer honestly, taking full responsibility, describing what your mistake was, what you learned and how you improved going forward. This shows that you have self-awareness, humility and the capacity for self-improvement.