What’s the Right Answer to “What’s Your Greatest Weakness?”

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The question is more like a double edged sword where sharing your weakness might put you in a difficult situation whereas saying that you have no weakness might make recruiters perceive you as arrogant and over-confident. The question plays an important role. The employer is trying to figure out if your weakness will make it hard for you to do a good job or fit into the organization. They are also interested in how you handle a tough question like this one.

There have been occasions where I have heard candidates give really weird answers such as “chocolate”, “sleeping”, etc. How does chocolate become a weakness for you unless you have to work in a chocolate factory and your so-called weakness for chocolate can lead to a few chocolate products going missing in action. On a serious note, you really need to prepare yourself to give the right answers so that you are able to answer the question and stay out of trouble as well.

Make sure you pick your weaknesses carefully and then strategically turn them to indirect benefits. You want to position yourself effectively within the interview and need to match positive answers with positive tone of voice and body language. When you prepare for this question, you will want to pick a weakness that is either a strength in disguise or represents an irrelevant weakness. Be absolutely sure that this weakness does not hinder your ability to do the job or to fit in with the employer.

Each answer must be carefully structured which comprises the confession of the weakness, followed by the recovery where you try to manage yourself to minimize the impact of the weakness.

Check out an example below.

Weakness: Self Critic

Strength: Meticulous/Careful

(Confession)“I feel that my greatest weakness is that I am very critical of my own work. I have always prided myself on producing excellent and error-free work. While this is beneficial to my job performance, it is possible to go to extremes.”

(Recovery)“I have also found that I can easily waste time checking and rechecking. Now I am aware of what to look for in being such a stickler, so I am always making a conscious effort to trust myself and my quality focus more and not be so incredibly critical of my work. I know that there is a limit to proofreading.”

Before going to the interview, make sure that you practice a lot and get prepared for random questions that may be thrown at you when you least expect it. If you are not getting interview calls, then your resume may not be effective. Get it checked by a professional resume writer and get your resume revamped in order to grab your dream job before someone else gets the opportunity.

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