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Your Weaknesses On The Interview Table

An interview may start with how well you handle your current job and who you are in a few words. At some point, it will go to the less comfortable questions like ”Describe one of your greatest weaknesses.” The answer to that needs to be based on certain pillars, which we will discuss today.

  1. Which weakness to choose
    To start with, the interviewer is only asking the question, but the answer is something that you get to decide. People ask you stuff because they don’t know the answer, so it is up to you what you will choose to mention. You should be prepared for this question before it is asked to you so that you have the right weakness to mention. The weak point of your character that you will choose has to be something that is not directly linked to the role you are applying for. If, for instance, you are applying for a position where organizational skills are important, you don’t want to mention that you are weak in organizing. You could say that communication, patience, or anything unrelated to organizational skills could probably be considered a weakness. For instance, saying you are bad at organizing when you want to work at a wedding planner’s office would be a problem. This way, you are not excluding yourself from getting the job.
  2. Is it a real weakness?
    As always, in an interview, you have to base your story on true facts. It is hard to believe that you do not have weaknesses at all, so you have to invent one. Even if honesty is not your thing, you can mention that in a kind way. Regardless of what the weakness is, in the beginning, it will sound weird to you to admit that you have it. The way you will communicate the weakness to the interviewers is something that we will see later, but understanding that you have to tell the truth is prior. Why is it so important? The answer is simple. Lies are most of the time getting uncovered, and people become disappointed. The next question may be: How did you handle this weakness, and could you describe a difficult situation? How will you respond to that? You will have to, yet invent another lie to keep up with your fake story, and somewhere in between, you will be exposed. So, make a list of your true weaknesses, find the least uncomfortable and mention this one.
  3. How much have you improved?
    The answer to this unpleasant question is quite plain if you consider how to pass it on to others. A weakness is a weakness; the issue is how you dealt with it and whether you have improved. To soften your weakness and make the edges less sharp, focus on your improvement rather than on the weakness itself. You can mention that things used to be worse. However, knowing you were inadequate in this particular characteristic, you tried harder and finally managed to improve. Everyone has weaknesses; the thing is how much we work with them. This shows that, first of all, you have self-awareness, and you know who you are. Secondly, you are a positive person who always tries for the best.
  4. Are you ok with it?
    Being open and ready to admit your flaws is a good first step. The fact that you have also shown improvement in that particular sector means you are ok with whatever makes you less capable than the others. A face that shines with confidence is always to be trusted.
  5. How willing are you to accept help?
    The next step after mentioning your improvement would be to mention that you are willing to work harder and accept help. It is a sign that you can cooperate. In addition, those who are not arrogant to accept other people’s help are also more understanding when it comes to other people’s weaknesses, and it is more likely to offer their help as well. The fact that you are ok with getting help is another sign that you are ok with the flaws that come along with your personality.

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