How To Answer The Question: “What are your weaknesses?”
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Interviewing someone for a job is not as easy as it looks. First, as the interviewer, youâre tasked with finding the person who will not only do the job well but also fit in well with the other employees. You have to assess abstract qualities that canât be found on a rÃ©sumÃ©. Because you have to repeat the process for every potential employee, you end up asking question after question to applicant after applicant.Still, interviewers need to be told something: âWhat is your biggest weakness?â is not a good question. It just isnât.Now, job seekers have to understand that interviewers want to find some way to distinguish one applicant from another. Asking questions that are seemingly impossible to answer is one way to see who can think creatively. The question is an admirable way to achieve this. However, this
question isnât the same as asking, âName three difficult situations and how youâve overcome them.â That question asks you to think critically about your performance, talents and problem-solving skills. Asking you to identify your weakest professional trait is like asking, âWhy should I choose someone else for this job?âYet, itâs a staple that you should assume will come up in every interview. Rather than tell the interviewer, âWell, thatâs a dumb question and I refuse to answer it,â you do have a legitimate ways to respond and look better for it. And no, stating that your biggest flaw is being a perfectionist is not an acceptable answer, either.
Honesty, with a twistââWhat are your three strengths and three weaknesses?ââ¦ is a classic, but not too many people know how to answer this,â says Kenneth C. Wisnefski, founder and CEO of WebiMax, an online marketing company specializing in search engine optimization. âAs an interviewer, we want to hear strengths that describe initiative, motivation and dedication. The best way to respond is to include these attributes into specific âpersonal statements.âSimilarly, weaknesses should be positioned as a strength that can benefit the employer.âI like to hear applicants state an exaggerated strength, and put an interesting twist on it. An example of this is, âMy initiative is so strong, that sometimes I take on too many projects at a time.'âThis answer leads with a strength that employers want â initiative â and still acknowledges that youâre not perfect. In fact, you can overextend yourself. Although you might consider this acknowledgement too honest, it works because it proves youâre being honest. Plus, employers are still requiring workers to âdo more with less,â so you show that you are prepared to multitask.
Honesty, with progressWhen you consider what your weaknesses are, think about how you have attempted to overcome them. No one is perfect, so pretending that you had a weakness and then eliminated it entirely will come across is insincere. Debra Davenport, author of âCareer Shuffle,â believes citing examples are the best approach.âMy preferred response for this question is to tell the truth without damaging the applicantâs image â and in a manner that doesnât make the candidate come across like theyâve been coached by a Hollywood PR person,â Davenport explains. âMany candidates are on to this question and so have developed fluff answers such as, âMy co-workers have told me that I sometimes take my work too seriously,â or âI can never seem to leave the office at 5:00 â I guess I just love my work too much!'â
Employers arenât buying it, she says.âA better response might be, âIâve had some challenges with work-life balance in the past and I realize that a life out of balance isnât good for me, my family or my employer. Iâve taken the time to learn better time and project management, and Iâm also committed to my overall wellness. I eat right, exercise and maintain Healthy boundaries for myself.'âThe answer adds some dimension to the question, and proves youâve thought beyond the answer. Youâve actually changed your behaviour to address the situation, even if you havenât completely overcome the weakness.â[It] lets the employer know that this candidate is emotionally mature, self-directed and takes care of himself or herself â¦ and possesses a high internal locus of control â a very positive attribute.â
Put yourself in the interviewerâs shoesHowever you decide to answer, Debra Yergen, author of âCreating Job Security Resource Guide,â recommends job seekers imagine themselves sitting on the other side of the desk.âIf you were doing the hiring, what would you be looking for? What would be your motivation for asking certain questions? Who would you be trying to weed out? If you can empathize with the interviewer, you can better understand what they want and need, and then frame your qualifications to meeting their needs for the position you seek.âOnce you consider what the goal of the question is and figure out what your honest answer is, youâll be able to give the best possible answer to a tricky question.
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