Failure Analysis

A second way of using dialoguing to help make decisions is conducting a failure analysis, which is a technique to
improve your plan for an activity (say, an interview) beforehand. In failure analysis, you analyze the possibility that the activity will be unsuccessful, identify the things that could go wrong, and prepare creative ways of dealing with each one. Because you’ll be prepared for several kinds of failure, your chances for success improve. Failure analysis is useful for analyzing what you could have done better, say, in an interview after the fact, and what you’ll try to avoid next time. Use it before every networking and job interview.

To stimulate your thinking, ask yourself, “Is there any other possible reason for failure?” and “Are there any other ways of forestalling this failure?”

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