This is one of the most dreaded interview questions of all time. We have heard more people struggling to answer this question than just about every other question out there. What are your weaknesses? That’s a pretty personal question. Why am I being asked this question?
Why am I being asked this?
The reason you are being asked, “What are your weaknesses” is so the employer can test your honesty, as well as actually find out some of your weaknesses. Nobody is perfect, and your employer does not expect you to be. But they do expect you to be honest. The person who says, “I have no weakness. I am perfect!” is not a very smart person. There you go, I just found a weakness for that person. It’s important to confess a true weakness, but also to make sure you are doing this in a strategic way.
The strategic way
If you are applying for a sales position, you better hope that your weakness is not that you are scared to talk to people. That will directly impact your success in the position and is going to play a huge factor in you not getting the job. If your weakness is that you were never very good at test-taking, drawing, snowboarding, or technical troubleshooting, then you are probably safe in a sales interview.
Does this make sense? It’s perfectly fine to admit a weakness. I have about 10 million personally. But I am going to limit myself to which ones I confess based on the job I am applying for.
If you are applying for a nursing position, please do not say that you get nauseous around sick people. Instead, say that you have never been that great at selling things. Your job is to help people. Maybe a weakness of yours can be that you are too caring. You often get taken advantage of because you are constantly caring too much for people and trying to help others. Although this is an amazing quality to have, this is a perfect weakness to confess that will actually score you some points in the interview.
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Remember, what can be perceived, as a weakness to one, is a strength to another. Make sure that you confess this weakness in a humble manner. If you say that your weakness is caring too much, but you say it in a way that you are clearly not convinced this is even a weakness, the employer is going to read right through you.
Whatever your weakness is, if you can follow-up by explaining what you are doing to address this weakness in a positive way, you will earn some bonus points. For example, “I am not the best speech giver, however, I have been taking communications courses at my University in order to practice. I have given multiple speeches in front of the classroom and I am constantly working to turn this weakness into a strength.”
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With this mindset, you are sure to answer what are your weaknesses with flying colors. If you still feel like you need some extra help, check out Find My Profession to learn more about our interview coaching. We help people just like you prepare for their interviews every day.