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Tell me about a time when a teacher or professor gave you constructive criticism.

7 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

Part of the role of a student is to accept feedback on your work, and implement the recommended changes so that you can make yourself better for next time! Take some time to think of any constructive feedback you received and how you responded. Your reaction to feedback and criticism is essential to the interviewer. You should react humbly and highlight your willingness to work hard to improve.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"I had a professor, during my first year of University, tell me that if I did not become more organized that I would have a difficult time in life. The criticism was a bit harsh, but his statement was true! After hearing that, I implemented a better schedule for myself and utilized some planning and organizational tools that the school provided to new students. Now, I am the most organized person that I know!"

Admin
Answer example

"Teachers and professors hold a lot of weight when it comes to a student's success and esteem in school. I had a biology high school teacher who knew that I had an interest in becoming a medical transcriptionist. She would give me suggested reading, and other tips and tricks to encourage my dream. When it came time for me to apply for the certificate program, she gave me incredible feedback on my application before I sent it. Without her willingness to give me feedback, I am not sure they would have accepted me on the first try."

Manager
Answer example

"I had a professor once tell me that my writing skills were atrocious. Ouch! Rather than become offended and drop his class, I took an online course on persuasive writing, and another on AP style. These two courses completely changed my writing style, and the prof noticed the improvement immediately."

Marketing
Answer example

"In my first year of Marketing, I was falling a bit behind in the class when it came to my understanding of certain business concepts. Out of a point of caring, one of my professors suggested that I find a tutor if I wanted to catch up and maintain a competitive GPA. I was expecting things to come a bit more naturally to me, so the reality stung a little, but she was not wrong. I found a tutor right away and was back on track shortly after."

Retail
Answer example

"In high school, my English teacher had serious criticism when it came to a paper that I had worked quite hard on. My research was impeccable, but she mentioned that the way I was trying to drive my comparisons home, was simply not effective. I took this feedback and took a creative writing course on Udemy that weekend. I gained some great tips and tricks, and my next assignment was much better. I am happy that she was honest with me and wanted to help me to succeed."

Sales
Answer example

"I had a professor in University that critiqued my fluency and writing skills in great detail. The feedback was often unexpected because I would hand in what I thought to be a perfect paper, only to get a masterpiece of red marker back from him. But, with this feedback, my confidence and comfort with writing papers grew. Thanks to him, I will now be able to write comprehensive proposals and quotes."

Teacher
Answer example

"While obtaining my Bachelor's Degree in Education, I had one professor tell me that I was too sensitive to be a high school teacher. I was deeply offended at first because she did not know me and it felt like a judgment! After letting the criticism simmer for a couple of days, I approached her after class and asked her to elaborate on the feedback. I needed to know what triggered the remark. She clarified by saying that I was seemingly unsure of myself when answering questions and when I wrote my papers I was coming across as too empathetic and unsure of my expertise. I looked back at my work, determined that she was correct, and pivoted from there. Now, my more recent papers truly reflect the confidence that I have in my knowledge as a trained educator."

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
First written on: 08/28/2016
Last modified on: 06/29/2018

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