What’s Your Biggest Weakness?

Posted by on April 26, 2012 with 0 Comments

How would you Answer This?

This is a question that stumps most of us on an interview. In fact,it might seem like a trick question. It’s one way for an interviewer to see how you will handle yourself in an awkward situation. Would it surprise you to know that there are ways to answer this honestly and still project self-confidence? Rather than acknowledge that you are more of an introvert than an extrovert you could answer like this… “I recognize that I could be more vocal in contributing ideas during our team meetings. I’m making a conscious effort to share my experience and expertise at every opportunity.” Another example… instead of admitting to a lack of time management skills you could phrase it this way, “I try to fit as much into the day as possible, but there is just so much that I want to accomplish that it never seems quite enough. Over time, I’ve changed the way in which I organize my day. I now put the most important task at the top of my action list so that when interruptions occur during the day, I know that I have this out of the way.” This shows that you are acknowledging the area where you have faced challenges and are taking action to overcome your weakness. You could also say, `In certain situations I’m… but I’ve noticed that in other situations that it’s not an issue.

Don’t be afraid to take your time answering. When we blurt out an answer too quickly, it’s usually something that we regret. The worst thing that you can do is not admit to any weaknesses, hoping to impress. It takes some preparation to have this thought out before the interview. If you don’t have a ready example you won’t seem authentic to a skilled interview who knows that we all have weak areas.

Another reply that will have the interviewer rolling his eyes is to say, “I’m too much of a perfectionist.”

Remember the 5 P`s…

Prior preparation prevents poor performance

I recommend that you role play and anticipate every question that may be asked of you, in the same way that you would prepare for an exam. Nothing is a substitute for good preparation.




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