Last week, we helped you answer the interview question, ” tell me about yourself,” so this week we wanted to tackle another classic question – What do you think is your greatest weakness? This is a hard question to answer, and according to 90% of job seekers on Big Interviewer, they have the same question for their interview coach. The pressure of this question is real, especially when you are interviewing for a position you feel like is your dream job. The dilemma that arises is that you don’t want to seem to like you can’t qualify for this position but on the flip side, you don’t want to look arrogant by saying you don’t have any weakness. As your career sidekick, we have a 2 -step process for you leverage this question to help you land your dream job.
Step 1: Choose Your Weakness
This is a pretty obvious step, but this process takes some time and self-reflection. It’s important that you prepare your answer prior to your interview. Trying to find your weakness on the spot will cause you to freeze and make you seem unprepared.
- Look through your past
Your main goal is to leave a solid impression on your interviewer, and the only way to do that is to by being genuine and authentic. Think of past jobs that you have had and where you feel like you could have improved in those positions?
- How does it relate to the job?
Know what you are interviewing for and the skills that are needed for that position. Don’t shoot yourself in the foot by choosing a weakness that is needed for the position you want to fill. A perfect example is if you are interviewing for a sales position, don’t say that your biggest struggle is building relationships with people.
- Make sure the weakness is fixable
You want to make sure that your weakness can be something that can be improved on with your professional development. Remember this question isn’t supposed to stump you in an interview but highlight your skills as a team member and your ability to grow.
- Keep It Brief
After you have pinpointed your weakness now you need to just keep it short. Just like how you would have answered “Tell me about yourself”, you need to organize your thoughts and remember the relevant information that your interviewer wants to know. Doing this will help you compile your weakness in a way that best highlights the next part of your answer.
Step 2: Show that you’re working on it
After you provide your answer, you need your follow up with how you are combating this weakness. leverage is a great time to show your motivation and your willingness to grow in your professional development. For example: if you struggle with time management the best solution for you is staying organized, have a planner and make goals for the next day. This is the most important part of your whole answer because this is where you can leverage your weakness into a positive.
Interviews are a difficult process and can be very stressful when you are not prepared. For more guidance on interviewing, check out our interview prep guide to make sure you have all of your bases covered way before the interview and you can land your dream job.