Your personality is one of the things that makes you a good candidate for the job. Or a bad candidate for the job. Or a mediocre candidate for the job. No one wants to work with Crabbie McCrabberton. They want to work with Peppy McWorksHard. So the company is going to ask you questions about your personality, to see what you have to say for yourself. So are you a sore loser? Well are you, punk?
How to Answer
You’re not a true sore loser. At least, you don’t want to say you are. True sore losers take their soreness out on others. You have two options, you can give a confident “No, not at all.” Or you can give an answer that tries to spin being a sore loser as a good thing.
“I am definitely a sore loser. I hate to lose. I do my best to win, and losing is not winning, ergo I lost, ergo I am sore.”
“I take losing seriously. Losing means I can be better, so when I don’t succeed, I figure out where I need to improve and make necessary adjustments so that I can be even better next time.”
You can give an answer like this, or simply say you are not a sore loser at all, but if you choose the latter, you must say so confidently, otherwise your answer is not likely to impress the interviewer. Talking about how failure represents a chance to improve yourself is also an option, just make sure you don’t discuss how you take it out on others or get too defensive, such as “I take losing seriously, but don’t worry, I don’t take it out on others.” That would be bad.
Take Away Interview Tips
- If you say no, say so confidently.
- If you say yes, focus on yourself and improvement.