WorkLife Book Of The Week: How To Apologise With Humility, Sincerity And Integrity

Welcome to WorkLife Book Of The Week. Every week Monday through Sunday I serialise a story from the School of WorkLife book series. I do this each day in under 280 characters, which I post across my social media channels. Then at the end of each week, I bring all 7 daily posts together here as 1 weekly blog post, which I also share on my podcast: WorkLife Book Wisdom.

This week’s WorkLife Book of The Week is: How To Apologise With Humility, Sincerity And Integrity

This week’s WorkLife Story of The Week: A Bad Interview Quickly Followed by a Bad Apology: 

Caroline’s Story Of A Demoralising Interview Which Was Followed By A Non-Apology

MONDAY

Caroline had been put through the interview from hell by Darren, the company CEO. Except it wasn’t an interview. In fact, she was asked very few questions. Instead, she was faced with a barrage of insults, which lasted for two hours. She was attacked on every front possible; from

TUESDAY

her technical abilities to her soft skills; from her body language to her personal appearance. She was told she wasn’t up for the job because she wasn’t good enough, that she was in fact an underachiever, with absolutely no potential. She left the interview feeling demoralised. 

WEDNESDAY

But then she received a call offering her the job.  She turned it down and let HR know why. Then she received the following text from Darren by way of an apology: “I understand from your call with HR that you’re turning down the job because you felt harassed during the interview.

THURSDAY

I believe you mentioned something along the lines of the interview being brutal. You were interviewing for a job in communications, a job for which you need to be tough. I needed to be able to test your ability to take tough feedback. I needed to know you were up for the job you 

FRIDAY

were interviewing for. At the end of the interview I thought you were, but I was obviously wrong in thinking that. Your decision not to join our company is the best decision for all. For you: if you thought the interview was tough, then you’re not up to the job. For me: I need

SATURDAY

to be able to give tough feedback without people saying it upsets them. It’s a tough world out there. If giving you tough feedback caused you pain or hurt, I’m sorry, that was not my intent. I simply needed to be sure you were up to the job. Don’t take this the wrong way, but I 

SUNDAY

think for your own good you need to toughen up. This is meant as constructive feedback, in the same way you saw fit to give constructive feedback on me.”  Caroline considered it to be a non-apology. It lacked humility, sincerity and integrity. She deleted it from her phone.

That’s a wrap on this week’s WorkLife Story of The Week: A Bad Interview Quickly Followed by a Bad Apology, from the School Of WorkLife book: How To Apologise With Humility, Sincerity And Integrity

If you enjoyed Caroline’s story, you may also like to learn about her fuller WorkLife story and the exercises that helped her to say what she needed to say, along with the other stories and assignments in this week’s WorkLife Book of The Week: How To Apologise With Humility, Sincerity And Integrity.

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Come back next Sunday for next week’s WorkLife Story of The Week: Losing His Self-Respect and Losing Trust in Himself, from the School Of WorkLife book: How To Motivate Through Self-Respect And Trust.

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The School of WorkLife book series are designed to help you manage your own WorkLife Learning.

Each book tells real WorkLife stories of the successes and challenges people encountered in their WorkLife. Each book also includes the exercises that helped navigate these situations, which are presented as assignments for you to work through.

The stories I share are based on real life WorkLife situations – case studies of the challenges and successes people experienced in navigating the chapters of their WorkLife Story.

I believe stories are a powerful mechanism for teaching, a powerful medium to learn through, and also a powerful way to communicate who you are and what you stand for.

I hope you enjoy the stories and find them helpful in navigating the chapters of your WorkLife story.

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Carmel O’ Reilly: WorkLife Learning Practitioner & Writer Author of School Of WorkLife Books & Your WorkLife Your Way: Created to help you manage your WorkLife Learning Blogger & Podcaster: Telling people’s powerful stories about WorkLife challenges & successes Founder of www.schoolofworklife.com My guiding statement is to help people pursue their WorkLives with greater clarity, passion, purpose and pride by creating continuous WorkLife learning programmes that are accessible to everyone.

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