Will you be able to handle criticism? Are you coachable and open to learning and growing as a person and as a professional?

Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.” — Winston Churchill

Handling criticism – and you will receive a lot in the early years of your career – can be difficult at best, crippling at worst.  Learning how to deal with it effectively and use it productively is essential for maintaining both professionalism and momentum in your career. 

Accepting criticism gracefully can be done in four steps:

  1. Listen openly
  2. Consider the source
  3. Discuss the feedback
  4. Measure the results

Learn more about this process here.[1]

Another similar perspective on the process can be summarized in this video[2] and these seven steps:

Step 1: Listen
Step 2: Ask questions
Step 3: Reflect on conversation
Step 4: Create goals
Step 5: Welcome failure
Step 6: Focus on strengths
Step 7: Laugh

[1] "How to Handle Criticism at Work." WorkAwesome | Be More Productive at Work. < http://workawesome.com/your-job/how-to-handle-criticism-at-work/ >.

[2] " How to Take Criticism - YouTube ." YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.  < http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yC8YN4X9tuU >.