It is very likely that you will receive feedback during an interview or very soon after you have started a new job. Whether it’s harsh, constructive or generic, your test will be how to take that feedback and move on from it. One thing is certain, accepting feedback is an opportunity to better yourself. Take note of these three key steps to properly accept feedback:
When listening to feedback, it’s important to keep an open mind. This is your chance to improve on your profession. “Listen” isn’t only meant in the literal sense. No matter the channel of provided feedback (email, phone, in-person), you want to fully digest the information, and do your best to have an unbiased understanding.
Now it’s time to let your advisor know that you value their opinion. You can do this by simply thanking them for their feedback in a thoughtful and professional manner. If the feedback is due to an error or miscommunication, take responsibility and take the time to think through what could have taken place to avoid the mistake in the future.
Avoid giving excuses. Aside from acknowledging the provided feedback, be sure to address each item and do something. In some cases, you may need to respond with action and put the feedback you’ve received into play. This may mean that you need to evaluate your interview style or a method of handling a certain task. If it helps you to grow and develop as an employee, it may be the best thing for your career. If you’re unsure about the provided feedback, it never hurts to ask for a second opinion – just be sure it’s from a credible source.
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