Words or characters?

#1

Im applying to a bank and answering the competency questions they ask. If the word limit is eg 250 words or 2048 characters, which would you use? As i have 270 words but only 1700 characters. Is that still ok?

#2

no, not ok! you’ve gone above the word limit!

#3

i guess, but then there would almost certainly never be an occasion when you would go over 2048 characters if you had to adhere to 250 words. I’m going to shorten my answers anyway, be on the safe side