Interview Questions: Addressing Your Weaknesses

“What are your weaknesses?”

If you’ve had job interviews in the past, then I’m sure you’ve come across this question at least once.

A lot of people struggle to answer this question. While there is no right or wrong answer, there is definitely a better way to handle this tricky interview question.

Let’s try to find out the purpose of this question. The interviewer could be asking this for several reasons.

First and foremost, it’s for obvious reasons. An interviewer will ask this question if he or she wants to know your weak points or greatest weakness. Plain and simple. Next, an interviewer will ask you this to find out how truthful you really are. It is a way to see if you are honest about your traits and qualities.

Now, what is the best way of answering this question?

You can simply be honest and talk about your weak points.  Maybe you’re not a very creative person, so you can say that you’re not good at art-related activities. Or maybe you’re not very athletic, so you can probably say that physical tasks or activities are your weak points. Talk about something neutral and always consider what the job requires.

For example, if you’re applying for a customer service job, then you can’t say that you have poor communication and interpersonal skills. Why would you even be considered for the job in the first place if you lack the number one thing that they require?

If you’re applying for a copywriting job, it’s okay to tell the interviewer that you’re not very good with technology. It will not greatly affect your chances since it is not part of the skill set that they require. If you’re applying for an accounting position, then it’s alright to admit that you lack skills in public speaking.

Everyone has weaknesses so don’t feel pressured to appear like someone with no weak points. Some people might even think that they should just exaggerate their strengths to make it look like it’s their weakness. When asked this question, they answer “My weakness is being a perfectionist.” or “I work really hard to I don’t have time for fun.” Well, let me tell you one thing. You might think that you are impressing your interviewer by answering this way. But no. This will only make you look like you’re bluffing. Interviewers meet different kinds of people every day. They have a way of telling if you’re being truthful about your weak points or if you’re just bluffing. You can also check this out for more additional advance tips.

Thinking about these common questions can help do well during your job interview. It gives you enough time to assess yourself and evaluate your skills. Being ready for a job interview doesn’t mean having a memorized answer for each question. Real preparation means having a good grasp of your skills – including your strengths and weaknesses – and being well aware of the abilities that you can bring to the company.