Why ask this question:
There are some questions your interviewer has no business asking, and this is one. But while you may feel like answering, “none of your business,” naturally you can’t. Some interviewers ask this question on the chance you admit to something, but if not, at least they’ll see how you think on your feet.
As with faults and weaknesses, never confess regret. But don’t seem as if you’re stonewalling either.
Honesty is a good trait, but too much honesty can be your downfall when answering this question! If you believe that you have been guilty of a major failure – even if it was only through bad luck or circumstance – try to play it down.
This question can be asked as under also:
- What has been your biggest professional disappointment?
- What is your greatest failure?