If you are on the hunt for a new job, chances are you have encountered the question, “What is your biggest weakness?” during an interview. Interviewers want to know if you are prepared to answer difficult questions and if you will be honest. .
It may not be your favorite question to answer, but the good news is that you can prepare for it in advance.
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Follow these tips to help you prepare for the question, “What is your biggest weakness?” in your next job interview.
Learn to embrace the question. Everyone has at least one weakness. We don’t like to admit it to ourselves, and have an even harder time admitting itto potential employers. In this case, the best we can do is name our flaws and embrace them. That may be another goal behind the reason interviewers ask the question. If an interviewer sees that you are comfortable stating your flaws without hesitation and have plans to overcome them, you will come off as a proactive and diligent worker.
Avoid being generic or dodging the question. Saying you can’t think of any weakness or you work too hard to avoid having them is not what your interviewer wants to hear. If you dodge the question by saying you strive to fix all your flaws by being a complete perfectionist, you will seem insincere and unprepared. Employers expect employees to have faults. They also expect a good worker to seek employee development opportunities whenever possible.
Watch your honesty meter. Of course you want to be honest in a job interview. Honesty is a characteristic that you would want to show off to your potential employers. But, don’t pull a complete Honest Abe and be open about all your weaknesses. If you think some of your weaknesses could hurt your chances of getting the job, then don’t mention them. Be selective with what you disclose during an interview.
The Confess and Recover Method
You confess your weakness and recover by explaining to your interviewer how you plan to overcome or minimize the effects of that weakness in your job life.
The Confession. Pick a weakness that qualifies as a strength in disguise. It is essentially a positive weakness that you have either overcome in the past or have identified in the present. Try to stay relevant with a flaw that can be addressed in the workplace or at least in your professional life.
The Recovery. Immediately after confessing your weakness, follow up about your attempt or plan to overcome it. If it is a weakness you have faced in the past, talk about the steps you took to improve yourself as a professional. Discussing your successful battles with your own flaws or your plans to overcome them will ultimately come off as a strength.
Take the time to practice your response. You should sound and feel comfortable talking about your weakness and your plans to overcome it so your interviewer notices your honesty and confidence.
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