When you get asked a question like “If you were at a business lunch and ordered a rare steak and they brought it to you well done, what would you do” the hiring manager probably doesn’t care about your opinion of rare steak versus well done. What they’re really trying to figure out is how you would react to tough circumstances on the job. Are you going to accept this subpar work Can you handle the situation in a way that you get what you want without being rude
Points to Emphasize
When answering this question, or one similar to it, you want to bring up character qualities and experiences that would help you handle this situation like a pro.
Keeping the conversation positive is very important.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
When you answer this question there are some things you do not want to do.
- Do not down play the mistake.
Make sure you answer honestly.
It can be tough to answer what-if questions like this, but here is a sample answer:
If that happened to me during a lunch meeting, I wouldn’t be that upset. However, I would want to bring the mistake to the attention of the waiter so that he or she could better themselves. I remember when I was young and made mistakes, and the only way I improved was by being shown those mistakes.
The interviewer is trying to get a sense of who you are, and how you answer this will show them.