When an interviewer asks this question, he or she just wants to know how you deal with obstacles or failure, and if you are concerned about advancement opportunities.
Here are some sample answers you may want to consider:
- If you’re up for a promotion:“Should I not be selected, I will continue to work with and support whoever is selected. However, I do feel that my skills, experience and accomplishments in the department and with the team would make me the best candidate since I am committed to this company and its advancement.”
- “If I do not get picked for this position, I will continue to look for another in the same field in order to use my experience and utilize my skills.”
- “I will use this experience to reflect on my flaws and work to improve on them for future opportunities along the way.”
- “I fully trust that the committee will choose someone who will be the perfect fit for the position. If I don’t get hired, I’ll wait for constructive feedback and use it to improve myself for the next opportunity. However, I still think I am the one you are looking for, today and as I develop.”
- “I would ask why you’re asking the question, so that I can improve on my weak points. As I’ve learned more about your company, it seems like a great fit, and I have some interesting ideas. If I don’t make the cut, I would like to keep in touch and look for other positions in your company that can make use of my skills and experience.”
- “Even if I don’t get this job, I see the interview as a chance for me to improve myself. I would like to check back to find out where I went wrong and try again.”
These are a few sample answers that can provide a framework for your own response. Highlight your skills, accomplishments and what you can offer to the company to put yourself in the running.