How to Answer the Interview Question “What’s Your Biggest Weakness?”

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Step 1: Avoid generic answers
Avoid the most obvious, overused answers, like “I’m a workaholic,” or “I don’t have a weakness.” Employers have heard them many times and are able to see right through your ploy.

Step 2: Don’t be too honest
Don’t be too honest. Employers don’t want hear that you have trouble with authority or that you’re not a team player.

Step 3: Look for areas of improvement
Look for areas of your work life that could use improvement or skills you would like to hone but didn’t get a chance to at your previous job.

Step 4: Show eagerness
Show your prospective employer how eager you are to attain new skills and explain how they could benefit their company. For example, “I never got a chance to give presentations at my previous job, so I’d love to have the opportunity to develop the public speaking skills that your company can use.”

Most hiring managers are looking for your ability to learn and grow.

Step 5: Focus on growth
Focus on your personal growth by explaining how you overcame a weakness in your previous position. For example, you used to struggle with meeting deadlines until you took time-management classes to overcome it. Package a strength with your weakness, and you’ll have the interview in the bag.

Did You Know?
Forty-nine percent of hiring managers surveyed cited speaking negatively about a current or previous employer as one of the most detrimental mistakes made during a job interview.