How to answer "What is your approach to handling constructive criticism or feedback?" (with sample answers)

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This post is part of our series on behavioral interview questions.

Why employers ask this

Employers often ask candidates about their approach to handling constructive criticism or feedback to gain an understanding of their ability to receive and apply feedback. Constructive criticism is a valuable tool for personal growth and professional development. An employee who is open to feedback, and takes it positively, is more likely to be a good problem solver, have good communication skills and be receptive to learning. This question is used to gauge how well a job candidate handles criticism and whether they can take it as an opportunity for growth and self-improvement.

How to answer the question

To answer this question, focus on the ways you receive, understand, and apply constructive criticism. Be honest and specific in your approach. Here are a few tips to help you answer this question effectively: 1. Acknowledge the importance of feedback. Emphasize that you appreciate feedback as an important tool for learning, growth, and improvement. Show that you are open to accepting feedback and are eager to receive it. 2. Highlight your ability to listen. Listening is an essential skill when it comes to handling feedback constructively. Explain that you will listen carefully to any feedback received, and you will never react defensively or emotionally. 3. Provide examples. Use examples from your past experiences to demonstrate how you've used feedback constructively to improve your performance. Make sure to provide specific instances that show how you've applied feedback and demonstrate your willingness to learn and adapt. 4. Explain how you will implement the feedback. Provide examples of how you'll take the feedback you receive and apply it in real-life situations. Explain how you will work to integrate the feedback and use it to improve your performance. 5. Show your willingness to receive feedback regularly. Demonstrate your willingness to receive feedback regularly and the steps you will take to ensure that feedback is given consistently. Show that you value feedback and will be proactive in seeking it out. By following these tips, you can respond effectively to the question, "What is your approach to handling constructive criticism or feedback?” and demonstrate to your prospective employers that you are receptive to feedback and committed to growth.

Sample answers

  1. Good answer:

    When I receive constructive criticism or feedback, I try to remain open-minded and not take it personally. I listen carefully to the feedback, ask questions to clarify any misunderstandings, and take notes to make sure that I can remember what was discussed. I reflect on the feedback and try to identify specific ways I can improve in the areas mentioned. I seek out advice and guidance from my supervisor or colleagues to help me make the necessary improvements.

    This is a good answer because it shows that the jobseeker is receptive to feedback and is willing to put in effort to improve.

  2. Good answer:

    I welcome constructive criticism or feedback as an opportunity for growth and development. From every feedback, I try to identify three things that I did well and three things that I could improve. I prioritize the areas that need improvement and create a plan to address them. I make sure to follow up with my supervisor to review my progress and discuss further areas for improvement.

    This is a good answer because it demonstrates a proactive approach to feedback and improvement.

  3. Bad answer:

    I don't like receiving negative feedback or criticism, but I understand that it's part of the job. I try not to dwell on it too much and just move on. I rarely take action unless the feedback is specifically related to my performance review.

    This is a bad answer because it suggests the jobseeker may not take feedback seriously or make an effort to improve.

  4. Bad answer:

    I get defensive and argue with the person giving me feedback. I may even look for ways to undermine their feedback by finding fault in their performance. I don't think I could change myself in these ways because I believe that I am always right.

    This is a bad answer because it shows an inability to accept feedback or criticism and an unwillingness to learn and grow in the role.

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