Answering Questions Regarding Weaknesses
By Michael Fox, NRWA, CPRW, MBA
We always want to show our best during a job interview. However, there is always the question that addresses your weaknesses. Many people try and turn this question around and show what they are really good at. Others try to claim that they have no weaknesses. Are these the right ways to address this timeless interview question though? Answering questions regarding weaknesses takes some analysis skills and the quickness to find an answer that not only satisfies the interviewer, but also opens the opportunity to demonstrate what you can bring to the table to the company you are interviewing with.
Answering questions regarding weaknesses usually comes up in an interview after questions asking what you are good at. One tactic to use to answer this question is to think of a difficult problem that you have encountered in a past position. Usually these situations are difficult because they deal with a concept or problem that you were weak in solving. Identify this weakness to the interviewer, but then explain how you got past the weakness. This addresses the question regarding weakness while showing that you are willing to work past weakness for the sake of success.
Another tactic to use when answering questions regarding weaknesses is to be realistic and identify a true weakness that you have in your profession. Immediately after explaining the weakness, explain what measures you are taking to improve yourself in those areas. Taking a proactive attitude towards improving yourself can prove to be a great asset during an interviewing process. While other candidates might shirk off answering the weakness questions, they are not being fully honest with the interviewer. If you are willing to identify a weakness and explain how you will improve yourself, you are demonstrating honesty as well as the willingness to become a well-rounded professional.
One last tactic to use when answering questions regarding weaknesses is to identify weaknesses that are common in your industry. If you are too irrelevant, it can throw the discussion off track. Being honest and relating your weakness to your industry while showing how you plan on improving yourself shows that you are relevant in the business. An interviewer is constantly trying to weed out the number of candidates for a job position. Proving that you are relevant regardless of showing a weakness helps keep you in the running. Follow these tips to improve the quality of your next interview and hopefully to land your next great job.
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