Over the years I have asked this question to so many applicants and I am shocked with the answers. So today I’m going to teach you how to answer this question properly. First, let’s talk about what you don’t do. So when your interviewer is asking you so what are your weaknesses?
Oh, I have none. Don’t ever say that. It is a lie. You know it’s a lie, I know it’s a lie. When people say that, I just say get out of here don’t let the door hit you on the way out when you say I have none. And don’t say, well, I never thought about it or no one ever asked me that. Seriously, no one ever asked you that?
Maybe you think you’re being smart with the interviewer. Don’t do that. It just shows you are dishonest and also it shows you lack self awareness. Those are not good answers. Also, here are the ones I hear all the time that are also it’s a big no. I’m kind of a workaholic and a bit too much of a perfectionist.
Don’t try to turn it and put a positive spin on it when you’re being asked what are your weaknesses. Another one I hear all the time, I love people, I love working with people. Okay, that’s not good.
So here’s how you answer, what are your weaknesses? The key is don’t make that about your personality. If you’re going to share something make that about your skillset that you could work on.
Here’s what I mean by that. When you share something about your personality to an employer it could feel like, well, I don’t know if I can fix that maybe it’s who you are. But if you make it about a skill set then it’s something that you could work on. So let me give you an example, I’m more of an introvert and sometimes I notice that I am shy to share my ideas when there’s a room of people. Now, see that’s a good reply if you are an introvert because here’s what’s going through my mind.
Okay, this person is shy and introverted and that’s okay. So it means that in certain scenario maybe I need to ask this person more to speak up and when he/she becomes more comfortable with everybody else within a company. She/he could share more ideas. See, that’s what’s going through the interviewer’s mind that he/she can fix that and also mention your plan. What have you been doing to work on it or what are you planning to fix this?
Next time when you get this question hope you know what to answer.
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