Should you really divulge your flaws in order to get the job? I read an interesting article last week on Jobsite about how to not allow the infamous question, “What are your weaknesses?”, to be a stumbling block during your next interview. Below I will address some tips to help you strategically prepare for this tricky question.
Is this a trick interview question?
Absolutely not; first thing to do is to not freak out. The interviewer is simply looking to see whether you can identify your own weaknesses and how you deal with them. This question presents a great opportunity to turn your negatives into positives. If you are having trouble discovering a weakness, try a google search using the keywords “psychometric test”.
How To Respond?
The best way to capitalize on this question is to turn your weakness into a positive strength and explain your recovery steps. I call this “Confess and Recover;” for example:
"Some people would consider the fact that I have never worked in this field before as a weakness. However, being highly trainable and open minded, I have no pre-conceived notions on how to perform my job.
"Working with your organization will give me the opportunity to learn the job the way you want it done, not the way I believe it is to be done. In addition, although I have no former on-the-job experience, I do bring with me extensive hands-on training and experience which can only enhance my ability to learn extremely quickly."
What is a Bad Response?
The only bad response is actually not having an answer prepared. The interviewer could view you as arrogant if you cannot think of a weakness about yourself. Everyone can always improve upon something. Here is a list to avoid when discussing weakness:
- Not Being a Team Player
- Unwilling to Accept Feedback
- Unable to take Initiative
In Conclusion, I hope my above tips will help you properly prepare for this tricky question for your next interview. Being well prepared for these types of interview questions means you ultimately gain confidence and you can kiss those nerves good bye. Are you ready to schedule your next interview? Just click here now, and visit our job board; see something interesting? Submit your resume today!
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Deanna Sopp -Talent Acquisition Manager with Self Opportunity.
Read The Full Article: Doyle, Ruth. "Interview Spotlight – ‘What Are Your Weaknesses?’." Worklife Jobsite RSS. N.p., 4 Feb. 2015. Web. 4 Feb. 2015.