How many of you have found yourself at a loss for words when asked this question? 👀
How to answer? Which weakness to choose? 🤔
👉🏻 Here are a few tips that can help you gain confidence and tackle this tricky question with tenacity.
1- Do not say: ‘I’m a perfectionist”. It makes you come across as quite egotistical as if you really can’t think of any of your shortcomings. To be desirable as an employee, you really need some self-awareness. If you understand and recognize your weaknesses, then you are better able to work as part of a team, delegate, and, most importantly, ask for help. The best thing is to put your weaknesses in a positive light.
2- Choose a weakness that does not affect the skills needed to get the job.
3- Be honest, there’s no need to lie about being stubborn or unorganized. However, it is important to explain why you are like that and also to stress that it only makes an appearance in certain situations. For example: ‘I like to have a lot of projects and I tend to want to do everything at once to get things done faster, so I get overwhelmed and don’t know where to start.’
4- Give an example of how you’ve worked to improve your weakness or learn a new skill to fight the problem. For example: ‘I am working on this weakness by creating to-do lists every morning, it helps me a lot.’
5- Don’t say, ‘I don’t have any weaknesses and nothing will keep me from doing a great job.’ The recruiter knows you do – like everyone else.
6- Don’t be arrogant or sell yourself short.