As you step back, try to view through the eyes of an outside observer, as if you’re watching yourself and the interviewer from the sidelines.
How did you come across?
What did you miss?
What could you have done better?
How you frame your response matters. For example, if you’re talking about conflict—make sure you communicate that you’ve learned from it and not blame the other party (even if they were to blame, it doesn’t matter in an interview setting).
Other times, an opportunity for improvement isn’t necessarily a mistake but a missed opportunity to put yourself in the best light possible. Perhaps there was a particularly thorny problem that you were able to solve because you made a connection that others didn’t see, based on your previous experience or learning outside of work.
The point of this prompt isn’t to beat yourself up over small mistakes. Instead, it’s a chance to think about areas of opportunity and what’s in your control. Prioritize and work on those first—your future interviewing self will thank you.