Tell the interviewer about a goal you set for yourself, but failed to meet. Show the interviewer that you are ambitious and, rather than giving up, you are going to try to achieve that goal again. Everyone has goals they have failed to reach so do not be embarrassed about that aspect. The interviewer is more interested in knowing that you are persistent and tenacious.
"Last January, I set a goal to learn the Python programming language by June; however, a few unexpected work based projects came up which slowed my progress. Instead, I have been practicing and studying the language every Sunday evening. I hope to be comfortable with the programming language by August."
"I wanted to become a Director in my field by the time I was ## years old. It took me longer than I expected but I realized I needed to go through the experiences I had in order to be the type of Director I am today."
"I wanted to have my certification by now, but it takes a lot of time to study, and I have to maintain a certain number of continuing education hours. I have not been able to do that with my current workload yet. But, I will."
Sales answer example
"I set a goal to manage a regional division of our sales team despite the position not existing to date. I see it as a need in the company, and I am working with the executive team to show them that as well. Currently, the goal is to have created this position and be promoted to it by Q1 of next year."
Retail answer example
"Several years ago, I set the goal of being department manager of the Juniors department by X age. Currently, that would have been six months ago, and I am, as you know, actively pursuing the role with your organization, since I believe it high time I move on and grow beyond my current company. At this time, I know I have the skill set needed to succeed in the role and am eager to learn anything additional in order to succeed while in the position."
Teacher answer example
"It may not sound related, but I grew up playing soccer all the way through high school and college. That said, I have always wanted to coach high school soccer. I got the opportunity a few years ago, and am the freshman girls' coach, but set my goal that I would be head varsity coach within 5 years. So far, no such luck. They want to have a high school teacher coaching the team, and since I'm not willing to move to the high school, I can't reach that goal. I've thought hard about it, but my heart is in the classroom first exposing little minds to a new language, and sometimes you have to let go of one goal in order to achieve another. For now, I am content with this. Of course, if an opportunity arose to both teach at the elementary level and coach high school, I would be all over it, so I hope D205 is more open to that possibility!"