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The Hardest Interview Question

The Hardest Interview Question

Once upon a time, there is this one legendary question every interviewers must ask, “What is your greatest failure?”. And for me, who have been in many enough interview, I think that this is the hardest question to answer. The D-1 before the interview I always try to think about the right answer for that question. Well, surely I can say that I have been denied for an exchange. But that is not a failure, that is merely a matter of choice. I can also say that I have been in fight with my lecturer. But that is also not a failure, that is considered as a miscommunication. I can say that my parents were angry because I’m drinking beer with my friends. But is that a failure? A mistake, probably, but not a failure.

He says that failure is something that we did that made us surprised about ourselves, that really made us into thinking “You’re so stupid. How can you do such thing”. And frankly, I haven’t got a good enough answer for that. It’s a simple question, right? But as long as my mind wanders, I can’t seem to think about such huge failure that I encountered. Sure, there are mistakes everywhere. After all, I have experiences of conflict with people. But are conflicts failures?

Until this very second, I don’t know what’s wrong with myself. Maybe, I am not a risk-taker. Maybe, I always pick the job that I know I would master. Which is why, the chance of making failure is truly small in that case. But I also know that I am a very positive person. Though I’m not worry-free, but usually my concern resides on how to make things happen. Instead of what if I fail doing my job. Usually, before deciding to take a job on something, I always think to myself, will I be able to hold up to my responsibilities. Will I be good enough. And even if I think I’m not good enough for it, I would still take the job. Not because of greed, but because of curiosity. I want to know what I’m capable of. But more importantly, I want to know what I’m incapable of.

So, really, for everyone who is now seeking for jobs, be prepared for this question. Think about your greatest failure. What you’ve done which makes you a complete idiot for doing so. Think about it very seriously. Because I think that is the hardest interview question and I haven’t gotten my answer yet.

Aside from that, I also manage to conclude something from my interview. I think that I am not humble enough. I think that I still feel the superior feeling and it’s hard for me to care for someone else’s feeling. To call it short, I’m self-centered. I have the tendency to focus on myself solely, and I forgot that people around me needs attention to. It’s a bitter pill to swallow but I think it’s important to acknowledge our weaknesses. They what make us human.

Falen, waktunya berubah menjadi lebih baik. Waktunya berubah menjadi rendah hati. Waktunya peduli. Siap?

Falencia Naoenz
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