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Job Interview Question: What Do People Most Often Criticize About You?


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The interview question "What Do People Most Often Criticize About You?" is asked to find out how sensitive to you are and how you accept criticism.

This is a question that you should be careful answering. You don't want to imply that you are criticized on the job, but you also don't want to imply that you're perfect. It makes sense to mention things that are not specifically related to the job to which you're applying when you respond.

Best Answers

There's no on-going criticism. I'm open to personal and professional growth and welcome the opportunity to improve.

One of the things that I am sometimes criticized for is being too much of a perfectionist. I tend to expect very high standards of work from myself.

I had a supervisor many years ago tell me that I was too critical of other people’s work. I took that to heart, and made sure from that point forward that my analysis and suggestions are always supportive and helpful rather than critical.

From the time I was a child, I always had a hard time making presentations, in any group situation. A few years ago I took several courses in public speaking, and last year I received an award for a presentation I gave at the company’s yearly executive board meeting.

If humor is appropriate, this is a good time to use it. Example: I have a teenage daughter - few things I do are okay on her radar screen.

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