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If You Could Relive the Last 10 Years of Your Life, What Would You Do Differently?

If you could relive the last 10 years of your life, what would you do differently? Before I advise on answering this question, I would like to state ‘Regret is a useless emotion. An interviewer really doesn’t want to see regret or weakness in her answer to this question. Instead, the best way to approach this question is from a ‘Learning curve’ angle. Try and fit personal and non-personal responses into each answer and always mention that you REGRET nothing but learned something. Here are some examples of how you can structure that:

If You Could Relive the Last 10 Years of Your Life, What Would You Do Differently?

If You Could Relive the Last 10 Years of Your Life, What Would You Do Differently?

Answer #1

“I don't believe I would have made any other decisions if I could go back in time ten years. Every decision I've made, in my opinion, has brought me to this result. I do think that in order to learn how to act properly in both professional and personal settings, you have to make a few mistakes along the way. As an illustration, I quit school rather than completing my A Levels as everyone advised. I haven't regretted it because I've worked my way up to the position that, had I achieved A Levels, I would have obtained a few years sooner. However, the experience acquired from working my way up is something that cannot be learned from a book or conferred upon you by a grade.”

Answer #2

“I believe I can honestly say, looking back on the last 10 years, that everything I did, I would still do. I was always the first to inquire and pick up knowledge. I always did my jobs as efficiently as possible. Where I could have improved myself, I did. I could say, "I wish I had applied for a promotion," but I really think that regret is a pointless emotion and that if I had been qualified for a promotion at that time in my life, I would have received one. I greatly enjoy asking questions about where I see myself in the next ten years since I tend to look forward in life rather than back.”

Answer #3

“Recently, I lost a pet to diabetes that we were unaware he had. When it was finally discovered, it advanced considerably and was challenging to treat. If I could go back in time and change anything, I might choose to retrain as a veterinarian so that I could have recognised the symptoms sooner. But if that happens, I might lose a family member to cancer and wish I could return to medical school. There are a lot of things that can go wrong and will go wrong, but you simply have to learn from them instead of regretting them. I acquired a book on canine illness and how to recognise common illnesses when my dog went away. I'm not even close to being a vet.”

Good luck.

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