"What's your biggest weakness?" Job interview help!

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

I answer it by saying that I sometimes have a hard time finding the right balance between quality and quantity of work – that I like to get things right, but sometimes I take too long to do so. Then I explain my strategies of how I’ve been trying to improve on the situation. I feel comfortable using this as an example of weakness, because it’s honestly true.

 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@Pink Asawa:  it’s best to be honest, but also offer ways that you actively work to improve that weakness. For example, if time management is a problem, then you explain that you tackle that  by adhering to a schedule, keeping a to-do list, and setting up automatic reminders. Then possibly follow with a story about how you no longer experience the ramifications of bad time management and still actively try to improve yourself, time permitting.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I can get anxious over new things, new people, and new circumstances, so I throw myself headlong into new projects, new situations, and really try to immerse myself as quickly as possible, to get over the new feeling.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I actually had this question earlier today at an interview!  In my prior experience in interviewing people (my former work) it is always best not to lie about it, so be honest, but give ways in how you are working to improve yourself.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

The one that I used was that I’m working on improving my public speaking skills. It worked for the job that I applied for because it requires public speaking 0% of the time. And it was completely honest. I’m TERRIBLE at public speaking.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think almost any strength has a weakness.  So I would say that, then state the strength (if not already asked it in the interview), elaborate on the weakness to it, then state what you’ve done to work on it.

e.g. I am a self-starter –> I can jump ahead of myself and I’ve learned to slow down, make lists and ask questions before starting in on a project

or for a less direct example: I am very good teaching people one on one –> I am not a good public speaker, but I signed myself up for a class and I’ve learned to practice beforehand and focus on making eye contact.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I just took a class involving business etiquette and interviewing skills, and our final was a mock interview. We were told that when asked this question you are best off either a) being honest, but also telling ways in which you are working towards overcoming the weakness (Ie. I have poor puclic speaking skills, but I am currently involved in programs to overcome my weakness and make it a strength) or b) explain how your weakness is also a strength (ie. sometimes my friends tell me I can be too detail-oriented;however, I find its a trait that allows me to work efficiently in a _____ environment) and fill in the blank with an adjective that is suitable for the type of work you are applying for. Interviewers expect you to have weaknesses, but they want to know how you work with them, or try to overcome them. Remember that while the interview is all about you, you are trying to portray how your skills will be good for THEM! I learned this wws the biggest mistake in interviews, “why do you want this position?” should be answered with “I feel my ______ and _______ skills will help *insert business* by ____(increasing productivity, etc.)___”. i hope this helps, sorry for any typos, im working on the ipad!

Post # 10
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Helper bee

Come up with a weakness that has no relevance to the job you’re interviewing for, like @BruinBeeMPH said. Or one that demonstrates why you’re looking for that type of job in the first place.

For me, since my job involves very little interpersonal interaction, I can say my weakness is that I don’t do well talking to clients all day, I need time to focus on solitary tasks.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

If a job doesn’t require public speaking, I always say that (even though I’m actually a decent public speaker, I hate, hate, hate it). If the job requires public speaking, I use something else. 

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