This may sound like the trickiest question that an interviewer can ever ask because it feels really awkward for you to talk about your weakness during a job interview when you are supposed to be pitching yourself and the confusing part of the whole question is how to actually start talking about your weakness without making it a big threat to the role that you are applying for.
When recruiters’ ask this question, they are not very much concerned about the answer, but they are more concerned about how you answer the question. Many candidates tend to lie about their weaknesses, it is not advisable for you to lie about your weakness even if you should put it in a subtle manner. When you are asked this question in an interview and you answer like “my greatest weakness is that I am so much of a perfectionist, I love everything to be organized and orderly at all the time.”
This answer looks perfect right, but this is a common cliché that sounds unrealistic and doesn’t reflect a true weakness at all. This statement will guide you to answer this question well:
- Be self-aware: To answer this question well, you have to be self-aware to recognize your real weakness. Be careful when choosing a weakness so that it does not affect you getting the job.
- Be truthful: As much as you want to give a piece of information that will not affect the job, you should also be sure that you are talking about a real weakness.
- Self-improvement/recovery: After telling the recruiter about your weakness, you should also state the effort that you are putting in to manage the weakness that you stated.
Sample Answers for you to model after in answering this question
“I am impatient working in a team (self-awareness)-I love to work independently and so it is difficult for me to rely on others to complete a task. That is why I have pursued a position that makes it possible for me to work independently (be truthful). However, I have also worked to improve this weakness by enrolling in team-building workshops. While I work independently, I must learn how to trust my co-workers better.” (Self-improvement/recovery).
“Public speaking makes me nervous (self-awareness). Even if I don’t have to do too much of the public in my role as a graphic designer, I nonetheless feel it is an important skill I have to get used when communicating with others. (Truthful)
To overcome the fright, I spoke to my manager that I would love to give the introductory speech during our team meetings. This has allowed me to be less nervous speaking to a group of people and has also helped me communicate better with team members to do their jobs effectively. (Self -improvement/recovery)
This answer works well because the candidate mentions a real weakness that does not affect the candidate’s ability to do the job. Secondly, the candidate shows the eagerness to develop strategies to tackle the weakness.
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