10 answers to “What are your biggest weaknesses?”
There are a great number of questions the interviewer can choose from, and revealing your biggest weaknesses usually will come about. Either directly the interviewer will ask you to talk about your top 3 weaknesses or you’ll uncover them indirectly while you give insights into projects you’ve been working on and life experiences you gained.
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail! Make sure to prepare 110%.
In order to be able to give a perfect answer to these questions, you not only need to know yourself and be aware of your qualifications but also to be well prepared. Trust us: we’ve seen many confident applicants with high potential, and even the best ones tend to get tangled up. It’s easy for all of us to talk proudly about what we are good at. But it gets extremely hard to admit – even to ourselves – our weaknesses, especially when the time is ticking and the interviewers are staring at you to give a reasonable answer. That’s why we cannot emphasize enough the importance of preparation in advance.
First, you should make yourself comfortable with your shortcomings, thus your potential employer sees that you are aware of your weaknesses and that you are continuously working on improving them. This shows dedication, which already brings us to our very first tip:
The golden rule is to minimize the negative characteristic and rather emphasize the positive effect of it.
Choose a trait and include a story where you successfully overcame your weakness. Don’t dig into personal aspects since the interviewer doesn’t care if you are not a good cook or that you are the jealous type. Professionalism should still be of great importance, therefore you should mention qualities he/she can relate to. Don’t lie! Lies smell immediately fishy, and you don’t want to lose credibility over that. Saying “I don’t have any weaknesses” on the other hand, reflects boastfulness. Simple honesty is rewarded!
If you read through the examples below, you’ll realize, there is a shared structure to all the potential answers: ● the quality itself ●a hidden positive characteristic covered by the negative effect of the mentioned quality ● your learnings & the method that helped you to overcome your weakness ● and the final ending with “…ever since that, I improved”.