(Closed) Job Interview Question: Biggest Weakness?

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

The trick is to not tell them a negative trait – spin it into something positive. I’ve had to answer this question before and my response was that I don’t always ask for help immediately. I’m a quick learner and very independent but occassionally I have trouble recognizing when it is time to seek help. I said that it is something that I actively work on and I believe I’ve become better at recognizing when I’ve come to a point where I need assistance. My last interviewer liked that response.

Darling Husband always says that you should frame the weakness inside an opportunity. Basically, it’s not your greatest strength but you don’t see it as a negative but rather an opportunity for improvement.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Creek club at ion, SC

im a perfectionist and sometimes thing cant be perfect and bla bla bla … lol

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

My go-to is: I like to really help teammates and take on extra work, which can sometimes be overburdening. I’ve made big strides to fix this by working on delegation and knowing when to draw my personal line.

It’s been well-received in interviews, I think because it’s a balance of something I do need to work on, and something that can be an asset. Also having a smooth transition (a la the “I’ve made big strides to fix this”) shows growth, personal awareness, and a new trend.

I have a fairly big team at work, and do a lot of interviewing, so answers like this always put a good flag out for me!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@leecy87:  Haha that’s what I always say!!

 

Yeah, sometimes I’m just too much of a perfectionist and have too much attention to detail. Its rough, but, you know, its just who I am and you’ll have to deal with my perfect work… Haha. =P

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Creek club at ion, SC

also I like …. Wherever I see a problem I always try to fix it but sometimes you cant solve everything. 

 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I give an example of when I tried to do everything myself, and then I say how I learnt to delegate. Sort of making it into a positive lesson learnt.

I’ve used the perfectionism one too 🙂

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

Darling Husband used on an interview, in which he got the job : I’m inherently lazy.  I don’t go around making more work for myself or other people.  I come in get the job done, I find new faster and easier ways to do things.  

His  boss called him 15 min later and he had the job.  

 

I usually use : I am not the most organzied person, however, I know this about my self and Have come up with a steno pad.  I write all projects and notes in the steno paid with a starte date.  Once it’s done I add the completion date, and move on to the next thing.

My old boss told me that’s why I got hired.

As long as you have something to combat your weakness they tend to be impressed.   

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I think the perfectionist one is a little over-done.  That’s kind of a typical answer. It’s kind of like saying oh my weakness is I work too hard! Not really a weakness.

I would think of something that is really a true weakness but follow it up with what you have done (with concrete examples) to improve yourself in this area. I think that would actually make you stand out and is more what an employer wants to hear.

Post # 11
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Helper bee

I’m in college to become a programmer, and I say I have a little trouble learning new challenging concepts sometimes, but I go home and watch/ read tutorials until I understand. It shows that if you don’t understand something in the workplace you are willing to take some of your own time to go above and beyond.

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