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Explain your errors—briefly

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You blundered. Now you want to apologize for, say, forgetting to do what you promised. Don’t overdo it. If you launch into a blow-by-blow account of why you screwed up, you’ll come across as overly defensive or incompetent. Instead, give a two-sentence apology. Example: “I’m sorry for not following through. I know what went wrong and it won’t happen again.” Unless you’re asked for the gory details, leave ‘em out.

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