Sometimes it’s not your fault but stuff happens and you’ve got to deal with it.
It amazes me though, when things don’t turn out as planned, how many people bring out the ‘finger of blame’ and start pointing it around – at everyone but themselves!
The thing is, when a person makes a mistake, and they ‘own’ it – “yes, it was my fault. I take full responsibility for what happened” – then that’s the end of the problem.
Why am I raising this as a recruitment topic you might ask?
People grow from making mistakes, it’s not necessarily a bad thing but a learning experience (unless they repeat the mistake over and over again).
So when you are interviewing a candidate, take a long hard look at the mistakes they have made, whether or not they ‘owned’ them, if they brought out the ‘finger of blame’, or if they grew from the experience.
Someone who can admit they were wrong, say sorry and move on, and learn from the experience could be a valuable addition to your team.