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Have you ever received a negative review from a customer?

1 of 25 Customer Service Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Written on August 17th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
How to Answer

Everyone has had a negative review from someone at one point in their career. What the interviewer would like to see is that you can bounce back professionally from a negative customer review. If the review was warranted, discuss what you were able to learn from the experience or the feedback that you received.

Professional Answer Examples
Answer example

"I once received feedback that I am not as 'warm' as I could be when talking on the phone. That feedback came as a surprise to me but, I took it to heart, regardless. I worked on implementing more casual conversation in my client calls and remember to keep a smile on my face as well. I have not heard this feedback since."

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"I had a client call my boss once because she felt I was not dressed professionally enough for my secretarial role. I admittedly was wearing a more casual outfit than normal. I am now always sure to beware of my appearance and will put a little extra effort in because of that feedback."

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"I have received negative feedback from customers in the past, and always when the customer has not been delighted with the outcome of their dispute. The company that I have worked for, for the past ten years, has a very stringent return policy. Unfortunately, this means that I do disappoint more people than I would like. I am looking to join an organization that will allow for more flexible offerings when it comes to client dispute resolution."

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"My agency as a whole has received very few negative client reviews. We did have an upset client a few months ago and, unfortunately, I was the project manager for that particular account. The client felt that we could have delivered our work faster, even though we did not miss a single deadline. I took this review into account and am now sure to outline client expectations at the start of each project."

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"The store where I work allows customers to leave anonymous feedback at the till. I have received one negative review, commenting that I could 'smile more.' Apparently, when I concentrate, I can appear unhappy! I am glad that this trait was brought to my attention so that I could work on correcting it."

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"Negative customer reviews are great learning opportunities. I had a client recently comment to my manager that I was too aggressive in my approach. To me, as a business development professional, I want to make sure that my approach is confident but never off-putting. I now know how to better interact with that client and clients of similar personalities."

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
Published: 08/17/2018
*Specific career answer examples vary on published date
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