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Describe for me a time when you made the wrong career decision. How did you correct your misstep?
Advice
Everyone has had a misstep in their career at one point or another. Perhaps you took a job with a company who was not as reputable as you originally believed. Maybe you took a role that was 'oversold' to you. Or, maybe you declined an opportunity that you now regret passing on. The key to a great answer is to discuss what you did to correct the misstep.
Answer examples
"Last year, I was offered a management position that would have offered me the leadership experience I was looking for. Unfortunately, I turned down the offer in fear that I was not yet ready for the responsibility of being a leader to so many people. My lack of confidence in myself got in the way. I recognized that lack of confidence in myself and changed turned it around by attending 3 leadership workshops over the next year. Now I am bursting with confidence and am ready to take on this leadership role with your company."
"I once implemented a rewards program that failed miserably. I had seen it work successfully in another organization I worked with. It was a learning for me that not all organizations are alike and not all people are motivated by the same thing. We learned quickly that it was not working and scratched it early, saving some company dollars. In its place, we enlisted the team to create something that would drive them to perform and be rewarded."
"As a nurse, I have always worked in hospitals. I was given the opportunity to work in home health and found that the driving and lifestyle was not for me. I stayed on and trained my replacement."
Sales answer example
"This is such a common occurrence in a sales role-- they want you to sell, so they oversell you. While I can usually smell it coming, I have been fooled before. In a previous role, the recruiter reached out to me while I was happily soaring through promotion after promotion at my other job about a high-growth startup. She had all of the right buzzwords and the soundbite was great. Even after meeting all of the key players, I was buying what they were selling as a business and about my importance in the company. Unfortunately, it was only after a few months that the house of cards came crashing down and it was apparent that, although the company had the funding and the right names behind it, it was all a smoke show. I remained there working my tail off to the best of my abilities until it was clear that the company was going to run out of money, so I chose to move to the next role. It reinforced that although the grass seems greener and the birds chirp the right tune, don't always believe what you're being sold. Overall, it was a great learning experience and I met some great friends and clients throughout the process."
Retail answer example
"I would say the biggest misstep I've taken professionally was not being a stronger advocate for myself and my goals earlier in my career. I think I was too concerned with being liked and a part of the team to really be a true advocate for what I wanted in my career. Because of this, I believe I was twice passed up for promotions that I was deserving of and better suited for than the eventual manager. I'm embarrassed to say that it took me getting burned twice to make a real change. That said, I have certainly learned from it and have, I believe, perfected the art of self-advocacy with humility and teamwork, and as a result, have both a great relationship with my coworkers and employees, and also have not yet been passed up for a deserved promotion since!"
Teacher answer example
"The only time I can point to would be that I didn't go back to work sooner after I had my kids. I don't feel it was a wrong decision, per se, but at times I wonder if I should have gone back a few years sooner. I have always known I wanted to be a teacher and it is the only position I've held, aside from being a server while attending school, so I'm pleased to report that I feel I've made overall great career decisions from start to finish."

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User-Submitted Answers

Describe for me a time when you made the wrong career decision. How did you correct your misstep?
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I feel that I am an even tempered person, friendly, able to get along with all types of people and personalities. There was one instance when I learned, that no matter how you try, you can't please everybody. I worked with a sales representative that other classified as a 'difficult person'. Upon first meeting him, I realized why. He was arrogant, loud, aggressive, and constantly bragged about himself.... Even when he was selling to others. I was amazed at how someone like that could actually sell anything. BUT, I learned another valuable lesson- that everyone has strengths and value. Some of his top customers described it this way- "I wouldn't want to hang out with him or be best friends, but he is direct and you always know what you are getting with him".<br /><br />I tried and tried to work with this man, but could not find the 'key to successs' but I did keep trying until he eventually left the company to open his own business.<br /><br />And although I did not accomplish my goal of working more closely with him, I did learn alot from him.
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I am a quick learner I can learn the mistakes soon and I do not to repeat again.
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I get upset and figure out what went wrong. Then try to fix the problem.
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When I was running track and I failed to place, I would always be sad, but it would always cause me to work even harder for the next race.
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Accept and be able to cope up with the situation. Explain what happen and see things how to succeed. Be positive.
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Failing always inspired me to do more I do not give up or bow down I am dynamic person who can challenge failure and learn mor from there.
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Sir as my last reply was slightly about the same yes, I failed in delivering the magazine in its final form by few days but how I responded was by checking each and everything that could be possible to resolve the failure and informing the higher authorities about the problem being faced and yes in the meanwhile my team remained updated about the college events that took those in 4 days so as to keep the people updated even though there was a delay.
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I failed to convince my boss not to change an important procedure. I submitted a fair argument for not eliminating the procedure. So, I felt that my next step was to complete the procedure in the new format and let the action play out. It would either prove to be detrimental or save time over the course of the implementation.
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If I failed in something I wont give up never ever, ever give, because if I give up saying i've failed then i've failed in my whole life. Like i've already said failures are the steps to victory. How many failures we may face = x2 victory.
10.
Compounding at Picayune Drug Company.
11.
I failed my harmony exam at the conservatoire the first time. I did had not had enough time to prepare so I was hoping for a better result but with no insurance. I took the next exam and passed with no problem, afters having dome some further study during summer.
12.
I failed at my childcare course and responded by being determined at not failing again.
13.
When I failed a test I was very upset with myself, but I made the decision to start studying harder and I did and haven't filled a test since.
14.
A primary function of my work as an electronic technician is circuit board troubleshooting and repair. I have been assigned repair work that I simply could not diagnose. I designate a given amount of time, if I cannot diagnose the problem, I would often consult with an engineer and seek further direction that may help. Sometimes, a circuit board may go undiagnosed where the problem is not definitively understood and we look for other solutions such as replacing a board as opposed to repairing it when all other options have been looked at.
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I failed to motivate an assistant I had to get back to mangement position, and I realized some people are happy where they are.
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There was a time when I went for my road test. I failed the first time. I was so nervous. I immediately rebooked my appointment for the next week. I practised 2 a day for an hour each time and I aced it the second time around.
17.
This was again the same thing which I hav already said in the previous question how I have failed to complete a project on time then I responded on it by saying that the previous functionality is not a secured one through which there was a problem arising in my functionality.
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I couldnt complete a task and I was being hard on myself.
19.
When I was on my first few days of the job at retail store I was not sure how to go about making sales. I had no background in sales and was a bit intimidated by the new job. Although my lack of skills motivated me to watch closely and observe how others went about interfacing with customers and I also asked many probing questions to figure out tactics that employees implemented. By doing this I was able to catch on quite quickly and I began making a lot of sales myself.
20.
I guess we all have failed from time to time. Right now I cannot think of any one particular thing that I have failed at. However, if I do I am sure that I would try to find out why I had failed and try to ensure that I would not do the same thing again.
21.
We had a big promotion on selling this quzino sandwhich we had a month to sell like for 6 rounds of it we didnt sell that much at all <br />i dont think that I pushed or prompt my server enough to really get them on board with the production How did I respond I explained to my boss maybe that is why we didnt sell as many.
22.
<br />No budget for marketing and I went out and got sponsorships for marketing efforts or in kind trade to do the marketing.
23.
If I had done the mistake, let this be the last mistake of mine where I am goin to realize it remember it in my whole life.
24.
I don't really see anything as a failure but a learning experience.
25.
Seek help rom others etc.
26.
In my first semester of Respiratory Therapy school, I wrote a test and received a failing mark. Although I felt defeated, I also felt determined to prove to not only my teachers but to myself that I could learn from this and turn it into a positive by studying harder and challenging myself to achieve the goals I set out for myself.
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It depends, I have taken personal failures very seriously and team failure with mildness. We failed to deliver employee vehicles due to budgetary errors initiated by our team, handled it mildly with best customer service to all entitled managers. But when I failed at handling a bureacratic group for a project, I vowed to understand office politics and handle a bureacratic group better. I have become more tactical and have respect with the large number of this groups member, by my care and subtle adherence to their needs as employees. But I rebounded with constructive frustration and anger.
28.
Restless, panic for tat day. Lose confidence at that moment. It will be normal once I get back to work.
29.
I tried to do better next time and learn form my mistakes.
30.
During my last semester in radiation therapy school, we had a mock registry in the first week of classes. I didn't do very well. But that helped realize where I need to pay more attention to. I was able to use that and study according to where my weaknesses were.
31.
I failed at passing my fitness class in college which kept me from getting my diploma. I just moved on got another job and went on with life.
32.
Yes I was failed in my love and I feel that very un happy.
33.
Actually when I fail at something I make sure I ask afterwards.
34.
I cried for days on end and then spent the weekend in the pub.
35.
I can not recall a time in which I have failed.
36.
I had a paper I completed, which the professor said I had done incorrectly. I talked to the professor and he let me redo the paper, but not for full credit since it was considered late.
37.
I will trying to be more and more I am achieving the goal. So I am not fail.
38.
At Sprint, I denied a credit request and advised it was passed the statute limitation. When I realized what I did, I admitted I was wrong, apologized and issued the $8,000 credit.
39.
During spm and it really upset me up. Then I vowed to myself to be more hardworking.
40.
I tried to bring it in the positive way.
41.
I failed at my project that I was assigned to and I did not complete the task because lack of experience but I handled the situation well by asking for more time to complete the project I stayed over time in order to complete and achieve my goals I never gave up and I keep on trying until I was able to accomplish my goals this made me a better worker because I learned that to be successful you must use your mind to any situation ...
42.
As mentioned in the previous questions, I did not met my goals from last year, but this year I have more than 80 percent completed and still feel that I have so much more to achieve.
43.
A time I failed at something was in school and it was my test. I was mad at first but I had find out what I did wrong and change my studies ways.
44.
My last semester of biology, I failed the test twice so I had to come to summer school. I was very upset because I knew I coulda done better but I studied even more than what I did and I ended up passing.
45.
The most important thing to keep in mind when faced with failure is that how you respond to that failure makes you who you are. I am not perfect, I make mistakes and I sometimes fail to meet goals and when I do I learn from what I have done incorrectly and improve upon things I have done well. An important part of responding well to failure is accepting responsibility and taking initiative to quickly correct the situation.
46.
Time is stressful but it doesn't matter you will be stock in it . You must be how to handle it by acceptance that not everything is come easy in order to our plan.
47.
That was during my measure set up .. I failed to do it myself but I make it a point to remember my mistake so I can make it the next time I do it myself.
48.
I have never failed at anyhting.
49.
I failed to properly troubleshoot an equipment failure. I asked a co worker for assistance, and between the two of f us, newer able to troubleshoot and repair equipment.
50.
Failed to properly troubleshoot an electrical problem. Received help from co worker, working together was able to correct the problem.
51.
An audit from the state revealed treatment plans were not being preparred within the time frame allowed and the company recieved a citation. I responded by taking responsibility for the mistake and prepared an action plan that listed the necessary steps to avoid the same mistake in the future.
52.
When I knew that I did something wrong I confronted the manager and learned to adapt and to except my mistakes.
53.
Did not follow up with request that a seasonal repeat guest mention to me in his last visit to the resort. Right before his arrival I work extra hours to honor his request.
54.
An inspection that failed we were not prepared enough and worked extra hours to complete this task.
55.
I applied at 3 customer service company, and I just past the initial interview and I have I failed at the online exam, as usual I feel so depressed but at the same time my failures motivates me not to stop to seek job, I just have a motto now in my life that its okay not to pass right away, don't settle, just keep seeking just keep dreaming.
56.
I got failed in our college day competition.. At that time I got emotion little bit.. But I have understood what mistakes I have done then I will realize that and correct that mistakes in future.
57.
I say no problem and think for best.
58.
I failed to complete a weekly audit and I responded to my manager by apologizing and doing the audit immediately and never forgetting to complete it again.
59.
I dropped to the bottom 10 and once I realized that and was told what to focus on I shot up to the top 25
60.
As a supervisor I didnt order enough inventory and had to go other store to borrow.
61.
I plan a better plan in order to achieve the failing one.
62.
When I was convincing my friend to go to the teacher that I wanted to, she was insisting to go elsewhere. But finally I convinced her. However I had been too talkative, but what I wanted happened.
63.
Trying to give up smoky and bought a pack within 2 days of giving up.
64.
I was sent an electronic training package that was technical in nature and did not pertain to my job description or knowledge. I took the test and struggled and failed. I slaughtered out one of my Technicians to go through the test with me and explain the answers. I took the test, but still fell short. But I did learn more technical telecom terms that are used in other parts of the company.
65.
I failed at saving a life once.
66.
As for failing is not the end, I always tell myself that thete is something that there is a purpose and maybe next time I have to make more effort not to fail again.
67.
I know the first technique was not worked, we failed in so and so steps.
68.
I worked with someone who was very difficult to get along with. No one got along with her, but since I usually get along with everyone, I thought it was worth trying. She was very arrogant and loved talking about herself, eventually I started opening up a bit more and tried have a more personal relationship but she didn't want to hear anything I ever had to say, she'd go back to talking about herself. So I learned that sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you can't please everyone. From that day forward, I maintained a more professional relationship with her but in a friendly manner until the day she left. I never heard from her again, but at least I was able to work with her in an environment where my other coworkers weren't.
69.
I failed my maths exam I responded by staying on and learning more.
70.
Once I crashed my iphone while trying to root it. I simply watched a youtube video on how to uncrash my device.
71.
While working as a personal trainer, I found the bulk of it was sales. I found I am not a good sales person as I don't wish to make anyone feel reliant on me. I chose to leave the personal training workforce and geared my passion for improving health and fitness towards children on an IEP. I have always wanted to help people and I am able to use my knowledge when it comes to helping to implement an IEP.
72.
Must certainly, during the fall Fall MAP assessment, I saw that numerous students in our upper grades, failed to complete ELA/Math assessments during the 1 hour designated for testing. So forward the Winter assessments, students were provided additional time with a make up schedule to combat the number of students who did not complete testing.
73.
Must certainly, during the fall Fall MAP assessment, I saw that numerous students in our upper grades, failed to complete ELA/Math assessments during the 1 hour designated for testing. So forward the Winter assessments, students were provided additional time with a make up schedule to combat the number of students who did not complete testing.
74.
On a personal level, I volunteered as a flag football coach on my son's team. We were 1/2 teams in the league and played the same team week after week. We tied the team about four times, won one game, and lost another two.
75.
I had my internal examination but unfortunately my grandfather has expired and all the process had to be done on the day of my examination.. Though I cleared with a less marks, Imade it a point to read the day to day portion which is taught to me so.
76.
Any task I have ever been asked to do I was able to carry out efectively.
77.
I accept my failure and to start it with begining.
78.
When I was in the 9th grade I loved running my highschool year in ohio.
79.
I didnt meet my goal working in front end for dd's and at first I was disappointed in myself, but then I reminded myself that tomorrow is another and I just need to push myself harder to meet that goal and within the next month I think I was able to accomplish everything I worked hard for.
80.
I have never failed at anything As long as you try you best at something you are not a failure.
81.
Our team failed our secret shop miserably. Over the years, we are graded and must scored 85% or above for passing. It was a disappointment because our sales volume was in the top two of the boutiques across the nation representing Nordstrom. We regrouped our findings and as a team, brought up how we can improved our secret shop and excelling in service.
82.
I was failed few time while I was new in this work. As was known from my friends, do you best shot. Whether it gives you failure or sucess. But keep trying it until you get a sucess.
83.
I attempted to surprise my daughter for her birthday. I wanted to get her a nice bathing suit. Of course being a teenage my taste in clothes are much different then hers. I heard that there was a store with a special on so I took my daughter there. Much to my surprise the store had change and there was not as much to select from as in the past. Needless to say my surprise had back fired and now I had not give. I apologized and let her know that we would find the bathsuit of her choose in the summer. I also gave her money to by something she would like for her birthday gift. I learned that I sould research first before I react.
84.
A race in college track, did not meet the time requirement set by coach. That disappointment from coach made me wonder, am I working hard enough, did I try hard enough, and tried to do better and next race set a pr.
85.
I asked how I could do better, and what went worng.
86.
I always wanted to play guitar as a child. So one day I grabbed the guitar an tried an tried to learn how to strum an where to hold your fingers. Well needless to say I still don't know how to play. But back then I was upset with myself but I picked myself off an learned to play the trombone instead..
87.
I failed at created the excel file for the Director of Marketing for UCM. I had to organize various campuses and I turned in a rough draft asking for help so I could learn because I had never done one before and she was more than willing to help me. She gave me recommendations and showed me samples that she works on for Kent. This learning experience was very memorable to me and it was a good feeling my final project was successful enough for her to use at a project proposal meeting she has with the president of the university.
88.
I failed at remembering the specific questions to ask on the phone when I worked at the office but I didn't run scared. I kept answering the phone to get over my nerves and practice.
89.
I sought feedback and came up with a plan as to how to improve. Took steps to implement and sought feedback again.
90.
91.
Failed to meet a task due to lack of appropriate staffing and proper materials needed to complete the time allotted.
92.
I failed to meet the monthly qouta after the new month started I regrouped better time managment and communication skills.
93.
Failed at accessing an implanted mediport to very prominent businessman I had as a patient, which wound delay the start his chemotherapy, I had to ask for back from a colleague which was still going to be delayed, a colleague went as soon as possible and was able to access the port and chemo was administered with a brief delay.
94.
I accepted the facts and tried to learn smth from it.
95.
I find where I missed the step or where exactly I went wrong or I get feedback from my supervisor.
96.
While working on Cardiology product we stuck with R peak detection Algorithm.We are not able to find out the exact location of R Peak in a noisy data.Then to resolve this I have to sit with a person and.
97.
Working as a pluming apprentice I was new to the use of a lot off different hand tools, lots of the time not using them correctly in the first try and to overcome this would just be repetition.
98.
Success sometimes comes from failures. Failing to get an additional greenhouse for our agriculture program led to our partners in education giving us 3.3 acres to use for vegetable production. We started giving community presentations to make people aware of how a greenhouse could allow us produce more vegetables for our school system. Our partners in education, Delta Faucet, saw the merit in our project and gave us an alternative site to grow vegetables.
99.
Interviewed for a job at a boutique and did not get it. Tried not to be too hard on myself. Also kept trying for other jobs. How I got the job at express. Learned from my mistakes.
100.
Failed an english story writing assignment, had a very bad score, so I went back and redid it, asked for advice from my sister and submitted it again.
101.
One time when I first started at HOmeDepot I mixed the wrong colour of paint for a customer. I simply misunderstood which colour they did want. So now I always double(or triple) check and confirm the order with the customer.
102.
We will say true if something wrong & Report to respective department to make it correct & will take corrective action & also preventive action to avoid it.
103.
When I fell at the skating rank I just got up and just kept skating.
104.
There was continous trial to pass the exam abs I did it patiently.
105.
Started my nursing, Didnt go through with it, with then excuse of being busy with my wedding planning etc, and it got put on the back burner. I was angry with myself but knew if I am really meant to do that as a career I will get it done when the time is right.
106.
Once I was given the target to sell specific number of sims I was close to the target but was unable to meet. But my manager motivated me that you were close keep it up. Next time I was very enthusiastic after the most of the time I met my given target.
107.
When I took my fire boss paper test and failed the first time. I didn't give up, just studied the sections I failed and took it again and passed.
108.
The first essay I wrote in university I received a 61% on it. For a keener trying to maintain above an 80% average, my confidence was at an all time low. I responded by first going to the professor in his office hours and discussing where I went wrong and how I could improve. I made it a personal challenge for me to get above an 80% on the following essay. I received a 72%. Getting closer but still disappointed I went to the write place (a center on campus to help people get better at writing). I learned that well written essays take adequate preparation time, structure, and a main idea with strong supporting idea with evidence to back it up. I finally received an 80% on my third essay. The last essay I wrote before switching to Ivey I received a 95%. I finally learned a good strategy and am now confident in my ability to write a strong essay.
109.
At Theorem, you're supposed to submit a draft of your visit reports within 5 business days. Unfortunately, I had some loop visits scheduled for that week and two more the next week. I informed my manager proactively that I will not be able to submit it within those days and it didn't count against my metric.
110.
I have failed at communication-I made a comment about someone being new to their job in an email because I was told there were new and they took offense. I immediately emailed them back and apologized, and took the next opportunity to see her face to face and sincerely apoligze again and confirm that it was not my intent to offend her.
111.
I applied to the nursing program at the University of Michigan and did not get in so I decided to get my ADN since I was accepted and could begin right away and do the RN to BSN program at a later time.
112.
As timekeeper you are required to put any overtime or comptime in the designated date the employee worked. In this particular case the employee clearly stated they wanted overtime and not comptime. But I made the mistake of put 10 hours of comptime instead. Needless to say he wasn't happy but I assured him in 6 weeks in would turn into overtime. Once I explained to customer what would happen in those 6 weeks he was alright with at this point.
113.
In the clinic you get a customer that is a long time customer there, I didn't not know about the pet at the time. I took note of the situation. I apologized to the customer and explained that I was not aware of the situation but would be able to go over with Veterinarian and see if we could bring them in right away.
114.
At my current job, one of my duties is to prepare patients for surgery. IV catheters are not always easy to put in and so I can remember a time when after several tries a failed to place the catheter in place. When I realized that I was not succeeding I called upon the doctor to assist in placing the catheter. It is important to realize that time is valuable when a patient is waiting to go into surgery. We have learned as a team, that sometimes you may fail, whether it is putting a catheter or intubating and that is why we work as a team to back each other up.
115.
I was a part of a team where we have to do a copy job for a upcoming meeting. Everything detailed was in order and everyone knew their part. And we were on a deadline of two days. Half into completing the project I got sick and was out for two days. This hurt my team, because it was all hands on dock. With me being gone we weren't pushing the deadline. We didn't make it. I knew it was something I could have done. I contact the person who was ahead of the meeting and explained to them what had happen, and I was sorry. They understood, and informed me that everything turned out great because the moved the meeting to a later date.
116.
When I went to pass out for my driving licence, that was the worst day of my life I felt like a failure I cried that day it felt as if I let myself down after everything I've put in.
117.
Failing to place a catheter. Knowing when to ask for help. Team work.
118.
At RBAC, one of my duties is to prepare patients for surgery, running bloodwork, placing a catheter, sterilizing the surgical site, etc. As a I was placing the catheter I found myself unsuccesfulyl placing it. The dog had thin veins that were difficult to find. After 3-4 attempts, I found myself realizing that I was most likely not going to be able to place it. So I called on expert assistance of the doctor, who was able to place it. Although, I have a lot of experience in placing catheters, that day I was unable to place it. At RBAC, we work as a team, so it is not shameful to ask for help when you need it. Rather it is better for something to be done correctly than not. We are all there to back each other up when needed.
119.
I failed many times but I never give I know that failure is the base of sucess.
120.
When I failed I try to keep myself in calm.
121.
When learning drills in ROTC for the first time, I just couldnt get the footing right for some reason but with time and all the practice I did, I got it right.
122.
I was taking the GRE and did not like my score. I enrolled in a GRE study course, bought the books, set up a study plan and worked hard for 6 months and retook the test.
123.
I tried again, I believe there is no such thing as failure unless you give up. Never give up.
124.
Try again, there is no failure unless you give up.
125.
I was tasked with invoicing, and account keeping. At the time, I wasn't working with a team I could physically see, and in my previous role I had been quite autonomous, and in hindsight I can see my communication was lacking. I had completed the monthly invoicing and accounts, however, I had not updated my manager on the completion of the tasks. My manager assumed I had not completed the tasks, and had an adverse reaction. However, I was able to inform my manager very quickly that the tasks had been completed in a timely fashion. Additionally, I suggested that we have weekly updates on projects and tasks. The situation also made me highly aware of communication between staff, and how integral it is for a cohesive environment.
126.
In a previous role I had been tasked with invoicing and accounts keeping. This was done monthly, and it was always completed before the deadline. When I first started the role and was tasked with the aforementioned, I was used to working autonomously, with a very hands-off manager. However, after completing the first months invoicing and accounts keeping, I received as email from my manager asking me if it has been done. I felt like I had failed in my communication with my manager, due to my previous environment. After confirming with my manager that the tasks had been completed, I suggested weekly updates on tasks and projects that we running, so that we built up communication and I was always able to keep my manager updated. This situation really highlighted the importance of communication within teams, and how the channels are created.
127.
I had been tasked with invoicing and accounts keeping for a previous role. The tasks were compiled during the month, and completed at the end of the month. After the first month, I had completed the tasks. However, I had not informed my manager that I had completed the tasks. Previously, I had a very autonomous role and a hands-off approach manager. My manager sent an email asking if the task had been completed, and once I had informed my manager that I had, we then created weekly protocols to keep communication channels open. I learned the importance of communicating with team members, and always having cohesive communication channels.
128.
I failed in organising a cultural event and I just took help of my team mates to over come it.
129.
-Was tasked with invoicing and accounts keeping. This was to be done every month, and in the first month of my role, I did not update my manager as to when they had been completed. This was due to my previous position being so autonomous with a hands off manager. -I informed my manager immediately when I realised I had that I had not informed her, and created a protocol that at the completion of that task to send a confirmation email to my manager. In addition, we implemented a weekly update process on current task/projects. - From this situation, I learned that communication is integral to a teams cohesion and to be more self aware. Each manager/team has a different style, but I now favour the "open door policy" with attentive channels of communication.
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- Tasked with invoicing and accounts keeping. Forgot to update manager when I was finished, during my first month in the job. Manager sent email to follow up, and was slightly irritated. I had previously worked v autonomously and with hands-off manager. - I informed manager it had been completed in a timely fashion, and apologised for not updating her. - Implemented a protocol for myself to send an email when major tasks had been completed. Also, organised weekly updates on tasks/projects. Taught me the importance of communication and how to creates a cohesive team.
131.
To me, failure is about not meeting expectations—others’ as well as my own.As a manager, I consider it a failure whenever I’m caught by surprise. I strive to know what’s going on with my team and their work.I think failure is more than just not meeting a goal, it’s about not meeting a goal with the resources you’re given. If I end up taking more time or supplies than I was originally allotted, that feels like a failure to me.
132.
My heart was broken, I felt like crying and I was disappointed. But I told my self that I will try harder, train and rectify my mistakes.
133.
The time is very important think you have to be a careful with the customers.
134.
A few days ago, one of my friend really needed my help in one of the biology's hardest topic but because of unavoidable situation we couldnot meet on that day and we had test on next day so I contact her on skype in order to explain her and she got it perfectly and her test had been gone good because of that.
135.
I failed my excel class by 3.3% I needed an 80% in the class and I had a 76.7% and I went to the teacher and asked what I could do and she said nothing so I spoke to the higher ups and and they said I could retake it and I studied a bunch before it and passed.
136.
I apologies for something making me failed and be sure next time will worked it ok.
137.
During rush months we are loaded with pressure than the normal days . In dat basis guest being rude and irrited to us .. I hv faced those suitation by being polite to the guest, apologies for the in convenience cause to them, being calm . Overall it hs given me a good experience about how to interact with annoyed guest . The only way to overcome challenges is to face them.
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I recently was 3 % away from passing my excel class I needed an 80% and I went to her and asked what I could do to pass and she said nothing so I went to her boss and asked if she could do anything for me and she said to come in and do a review with her and she would let me retake the final.
139.
I failed my full drivers license test, I began to change bad driving habits I had unknowingly accumulated over the years.
140.
During the product planning phase, I argued to upgrade the power but to engineering department's objection, that was not pushed through. This lead to a market share loss.
141.
I would just learn from it and do better next time.
142.
There was one time that I was supposed to complete a project at school and I didn't compl.
143.
A time when I failed at something was when I went to this internship program and I made it through and got to the end 4-5 months later for the interview session and I had to miss it because my grandmother passed away and it was rescheduled and the second time I didnt make it on time and I wasnt accepted to the program . I was sad for a few because I worked to hard and evenutally I got over it and started applying other places but it was hard because im inexperienced and never had an job .
144.
I would just try it again.
145.
Recently I failed my permit test, even though I had been studying every chance I could get, o couldnt get it. Instead of giving up I decided to form a more rigorous way of studying by making flash cards and having my friends make home made quizzes.
146.
Legislation shot down at the Agriculture Subcomittee, I took it as a learning experience.
147.
I looked at as an opportunity to learn from and moved forward.
148.
I failed an exam for chemistry, decided that the way I studied was not effective for the class decided to switch came back and got a B in the class that 50% of the students fail.
149.
I failed to complete my task . Will fill bad but next time try to make sure that I dont repert the some thing.
150.
Most of the time I go failed to do thing thats the reason I learn to work hard. Solove teh problem.
151.
Lunch with Dr. Richardson.
152.
I scheduled a lunch with a clinic that I was very familiar with . They always wanted the same thing every time. I took the liberty of ordering their "usual". When I got there the physician looked at the food and went back to her office. I was informed that she was on a strict diet and could not eat anything I had brought. I apologized and offered to have the place make something she could eat. She declined and was not angry at all. However I learned that you should never assume anything.
153.
Review, get feedback from other, think of how to improve it and avoid to have the some thing happened again.
154.
I failed my first year of college. My transcript proves that for me, but when I decided to really make an effort in completing a degree I re-enrolled and committed myself for the next few years and no matter what life or work threw at me I was determined to accomplish this goal. Well, here I am and I will graduate next semester with a acceptable GPA from Cameron University. I took the failure as a lesson in life, to not give up and to find a way to succeed.
155.
I probably wouldn't look at something as I failed, but something I passed, and learn a great deal for myself.
156.
I failed at school when I first started in 2003. I returned and finished my degree while working full-time and serving in the OKARNG part time.
157.
I try to recognize what cause me to fail and try a better way to correct my mistak.
158.
I failed in a test and I lifted up my head and got up again to move on.
159.
In 2011 I competed in kickboxing at a convention center in kickboxing. In this instance I was very nervous. My opponent was much older then me, my coach was late to the event and consequently I didn't get the mental or physical warm up that I needed in order to be prepared. I ended up losing, but what it taught me is that I needed to develop steps to mentally prepare myself for competition. I took this experience and worked on the solution so that it not only helped me in all of my competitions since then, but in all aspects of life. It is a skill that can be transferred across all plains.
160.
- Navigation into restricted area.
161.
During my swimming career, I prepare for important meets throughout the entire season, and set specific goals in my head. One year at conference I did not accomplish my goal an unfortunately didn't make the nationals cut but every time I fail, I learn from it and analyze what I have to change in order to improve. And next year I made the national cut.
162.
I failed my first Physics class at Bellevue College. I came back stronger and I got an A the next time around.
163.
Always do better on the next test.
164.
I failed to control my diabetes and I came back by doing lots of exercise and discipline in my eating habbits.
165.
We failed as a group to assume that users would provide the correct data while doing our software integration which resulted in some errors, but we worked closely together to get the data fixed.
166.
I failed to make it to work on time because I forgot the schedule had shifted back 30 minutes and I called the manager to let him know I was just a few minutes away. I found my lead for the day and let them know I was there and that I was sorry and hurried to get to work to make sure everything was ready for the guests when they arrived. During down time I again apologizd to my supervisor and my co-workers. And I felt incredibly embarrassed.
167.
Went for an interview and did not get the job - made me more aware of my downfalls and I worked harder to overcome and improve on them.
168.
Failed at motivating my team to work on the sumobot, so I changed my methods. Instead of pushing them, I constantly assigned small and simple tasks which accumulated into a satisfactory contribution from them.
169.
I was working on a truck and could not get a bolt out of the exhaust manifold so I asked a nother employee to help me get the bolt out.
170.
In Previous company. I had to maintain the intranet site of the company and unfortunately I did mistake while making some changes in code and suddenly intranet got stopped working. Nothing were displaying on the site. It was more catastrophic at that time that situation was so difficult. And I asked to the colleagues how can I fix it. They told me like nothings difficult you can do it. And I relaxed myself for a while and again I started working on the site but my steps was complete opposite. Because in this time I having to recheck the code. So I started going through every steps where I had made changes and finally I got that and I fixed that. And I did that but before the situation was so terrific. Then I started breathing properly.
171.
When I failed to deliver what the company is expected I didn't submit my report on the task that I was given to do and that put me in the trouble because that that was gonna help someone else life the task that I was given is to go and help the people who was HIV positive and encouraged them so I didn't go and they were so disappointed because they knew that I was coming. I did apologise and do it on my spare time.
172.
Failure is a harsh word! As long as you are putting in the effort and trying you are better off getting it wrong than not trying again. That said - preparation is always key.
173.
Organic chem, had to meet with TA and talk to professor.
174.
I just tried to knit my niece a baby blanket for her first baby. it turned out really long and skinny. I'm still not sure how i'm going to fix it but I have spent the last week feeling like a failure because as I was making it I was sure it was going to turn out so nice!! I haven't given up on it yet. i'm still trying to think of ways I can save it.
175.
My drivers licence... I am purusing to achive greater hights cause a failure is the steping stone to success.
176.
Received an error on one of my files. Reviewed the error and added this step to my final pass check list to prevent from making this error again.
177.
I failed to notice that one of my direct reports wasn't managing his team as effectively as he should have been. Once I realized it, immediately began to rectify the situation by spending much more time with him to understand what was going on, why things were progressing in the manner they were and set out a path for improvement. I also invested team in all the team members involved to ensure things were progressing in the right direction.
178.
Once it happened that I failed to watch the time and I miss the time set to deposit daily cash sales on bank and so with it I need yo think fast act fast to fly the traffic because I need to find a bank that are accepting deposit after 1500hrs, and to make it possible to deposit that cash sales on that day on our affiliated bank to the extent that I am paying for all the expenses that arose because of my simple negligence of mishandling time in order.
179.
Well, I failed and I got really mad.
180.
I oversaw a committee where the Chair person and committee couldn't agree on a process. Ultimately, the committee went for the more streamlined process using spreadsheets and the Chair did it her own way, divvying up the work accordingly. I acquiesced to the Chair and we ended up with a mess. No one was happy. I took ownership of the project, problem solved as quickly as possible, and listened to the committee's frustrations. Then I introduced our next project, the new timelines, talked about what we learned and asked them to sign up for the new committee.
181.
There was a time when we failed to deliver as a company. I had to take responsibility for it as I am an ccount manger. We failed to deliver a product on time for a customer and it was crucial as was a part of the exhibition.
182.
I failed at my first nursing job. I reevaluate myself and made sure not to make the same mistakes I did before.
183.
Failed to quickly summary terminal benefits of 750 staff by amount and positions - Had to seek support of a tutor to learn how it is done.
184.
2016 APICS scm competition Were in 1st Place going into the Final round. Final round consisted of a 5 page paper and a presentation. After everything we ended up scoring 4th overall. Disappointed but we were just outworked by the other teams congratulated them.
185.
I just went right back to fix it because I know I am capable to do almost anything I put my mind to.
186.
Howden's process design to automate. I had left it because I had been tasked with doin the testing. I said when I would be able to complete it.
187.
I failed at my first nursing job. I evaluated myself and what I learned from the experience. I learned to speak up.
188.
While repairing a toilet for the first time I did not correctly install and it continued to run. I read the directions step by step and started all over again. Second time was a success.
189.
I don't remember of any situation like this where I had failed.
190.
I was scared and did not want to approach to anyone to tell my story of how I have screwed up. But then live has to go on, I did discuss this failure with my manager and realize there are so many things that I could have done better. I take up this challenge again to make it work the next month.
191.
I failed my driving test a few times and then started to practice more to get better before I went again.
192.
I didnt apply in any company yet.
193.
There was one particular lab at CNC where looking back I was unfit for work, but went as you were unabe to make up labs. I kept making little mistakes, and one mistake results in receiving a zero in lab. It was quite defeating, as I was trying very hard, but obviously wasn't feeling good. I perservered an reviewed.
194.
I admitted with my error, then next time if the same situation would come back, I would make sure to double check myself to not commit the same mistake again. Anyways, I treated as a lesson by learning on my mistakes.
195.
Give response be politely, will do better.
196.
I helped lead a team to the Philippines. I was in charge of our transportation. Setting it up and figuring out the time and where we were going.
197.
First of all I say I am sorry. Then I make it again.
198.
I quick to solve the problem.
199.
I did not feel good with myself because Ithought I putted all my effort, but I have to be true with myself and accept that I failed.
200.
Hired a new girl to wash dishes, tried something new. Didn't work out, still open to it. Ask more questions up front.
201.
I started a clothing line my freshman year in college, and people were very receptive of my brand. I sold hundreds of crewnecks, t-shirts, and other urban apparel; In addition to that, I created the website, did marketing, managed my funds, and also fulfilled orders. I wore all hats, and as freshman in college being the only one is investing in your business it can be pretty challenging. After realizing that I would need a lot more funding to make this business fruitful, I decided to place the line on a hiatus as of early 2014. I use this an example, because in my mind this action constituted as failure. If I would have known the ins and outs of business, I would have been able to plan accordingly, and not feel as if I did not complete the task at hand.
202.
Once I felt that I didnt offer as good a service as I could have, due to the store being busy. When I went home I thought about it and decided that no matter how busy I was at another time I would resolve it follow it though to the end.
203.
Tired to figure out what I did was wrong and them move on.
204.
The best senario I can think of is during my research fellowship. The project that I was primary on had several major timeline set backs which prevented me from completing the project. This was a big disapointment to me since I had spent so much time, and literal blood sweat and tears on it, but I responded by last minute starting a new project and completing it with another group of which I was not primary. Then after my fellowship ended I passed on all of my knowledge and past failures and handed them over to the next fellow to continue the research.
205.
I did fail an interview and that motivated me to try harder and in the end I got the interview.
206.
I had an unexpected practical exams and after I finished with the procedure, I apologized to my manager and promised to do much better next time.
207.
I was not happy but I leaned from my mistake.
208.
I failed one of my music exams, I was annoyed because it made me feel like I wasn't good enough and why I decided to choose music as a GCSE in the first place. But I kept my head up and tried again in another exam and I passed it.
209.
I had failed once at coasting wise my executive chef was in vacation for month and I were in charge end of the month the coast after inventory was high by 2 points we did our p&l meeting and my respond to go in details to figure out why become high, I get some reason like number of children that UN-pay and complementary VIP
210.
As a supervisor, I have to delegate tasks and responsibilities to employees. I assigned a specific task to an employee that was not reliable. I completed the task myself.
211.
I remember I failed on an exam, I was quite upset but learnt from my mistakes and tried 10 times harder in the next exam and improved. Through my fails I learn and grow more.
212.
I was upset for a while, but then I thought about the alternatives and started working on those.
213.
We didn't win the battle of the lifeguards first time ever. I congratulated the other teams.
214.
Except yourself It and find what went wrong and how. Then don't repeat same mistake.
215.
I earned a D in my physics part 2 class. When I retook the class I made sure to prepare for each lesson by reading over the topics to be discussed. I made sure to review my notes after each class and complete assignments within a day they were given. I went to tutoring and I got assistants on improving my studying techniques.
216.
Fails a test but you keep on trying.
217.
If I fail, I try to solve the problem always in good maners. I am very receptive and fails are not my way, even if somebody can fail. I handle every problem with calm and I act very professional.
218.
Failed to ask for help in FR, during busy time so I wasn't correctly counting people out. Resulted directly in shrinkage. Responded by asking for help in future situations.
219.
When I was 26 years old I opened a real estate company even thou I didn't have any experience with that so The failure was only a matter of time. The time I was closing the company my family asked me to sale a land. The price they asked was 10.000 euro. I succeeded to sale it with 100.000 euro.