Describe a time when you just had to give up?

#1

Hey sorry for posting so many topics recently, as you can tell my interview is fast approaching!

I’m really stuck on the question “describe a time when you just had to give up?”

I cant for the life of me think of a time that i just gave up, at least one thats not just gonna make me look like a failure in the eyes of the interview! has anybody been asked this question at interview before and do you have any suggestions?

Thanks once again

#2

With all questions where the expected response is negative, counter it with something positive.

Think along the lines of “I couldn’t land a trainee trader job so I gave up applying, but decided to study for my MSc to improve my knowledge of the financial asset classes.”

Maybe that’s a bad example, but it illustrates my point.

#3

Turn the question on it’s head.

For example, rather than saying “my university dissertation was really difficult, so I gave up”, say something like… “I am a very focussed person. When I start something I have to see it through to completion. My friends tell me I should take more breaks, but I like completing work in one go. At university I was so engaged with my final year dissertation that I spent two weeks in the library studying middle-eastern philology, just stopping for food and water breaks. In the end, my friends forced me to give up, and take a break for a whole weekend, which actually helped me to let off some steam before completing the dissertation the following week”.

You get the gist?

#4

Brilliant, thanks very much for your help