This is a tough one to be honest and stick to the facts with. It is hard to explain a situation and not make others look at fault while also making yourself look good to the employer. Always be a team player. Stay neutral and explain only your actions in the situation in order to accurately represent your unbiased viewpoint and reactions. Aside from this, focus on a situation in which you overcame adversity in order to succeed such as working on a project with half of the budget you need or using an unorthodox approach to get the job done.
“Tell me about a disagreement you had with your boss.”
Yikes. This is a scary question to be asked. In order to answer this question, sensitivity is key. Talking badly about your old boss could cast shadows in your interview. Explain your disagreement in terms of work. Avoid feeling words and derogatory adjectives such as “they’re an idiot.”
“Give me an example of a mistake you’ve made.”
Mistakes are hard to talk about, especially if it was a costly one. Try sticking to examples where you learned a valuable lesson. This will hopefully divert attention to a positive light rather than a negative one. It is likely the interviewer wants to know if you will own up to the mistake. Be honest and explain what you learned and how you utilize that knowledge to your advantage.
Answering questions you aren’t prepared for can be difficult. Remember to always use positivity to your advantage. You are not there to drag other people through the mud, you are there to get the job!