Unique Interview Question About Mistakes

Interview question about mistakes

Tom Gimbel, CEO of LaSalle Network, uses a unique interview question to assess authenticity, asking candidates about a significant mistake they’ve made. This approach reveals candidates’ ability to own up to and learn from their errors, reflecting their genuineness and self-awareness. Gimbel values this insight to determine if the candidate has been authentic throughout the interview.

“Tell me a time that you really screwed something up that cost the company money and what you learned from it.”

He emphasizes the importance of selecting a mistake that demonstrates real experience and growth, steering clear of trivial or exaggerated faults. This strategy helps identify candidates who are humble, reflective, and capable of learning from past mistakes.

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