How many job interviews have you gone to where you were asked what your biggest weakness is? According to Forbes.com, interviewers ask you this question because if you know what your weaknesses are, then you probably have an idea what your strengths are too.
Here are four ways to make sure your answer to the “biggest weakness” question is a good one.
4) Be Honest, and Don’t Mention Any Essential Skills- So if you’re applying for a desk job and you say you are not a very fast typer, you most likely will not get hired.
3) Don’t Say Your Biggest Weakness Is That You “Work Too Hard”- Or even that you “tend to be a perfectionist.” Both of these answers have been heard over and over again by hiring managers. It’s not original.
2) Talk About How You’ve Conquered the Weakness- Pick something that you use to be bad at, and now you are okay at. And if possible, have a story to explain how you have overcome it.
For example, if you think being shy is your biggest weakness, explain how you're not shy when it comes to things like meetings and conference calls. And that you actually ended up making a lot of friends at your last job.
1) Don’t Prepare an Exact Response- You should think of your answer ahead of time but you shouldn’t be rehearsing it either. If you do, then it won’t seem as authentic.