Regarding "What is your greatest weakness" Question in Job Interviews
, published: 2013-04-26 15:27 viewed: 557 times
how to answer this type of behavioral question in job interview?
Most career books tell you to select a strength and present it as a weakness. Such as: "I work too much. I just work and work and work." Wrong. First of all, using a strength and presenting it as a weakness is deceiving. Second, it misses the point of the question.
You should select a weakness that you have been actively working to overcome. For example: "I have had trouble in the past with planning and prioritization. However, I'm now taking steps to correct this. I just started using a pocket planner..." then show them your planner and how you are using it.
Talk about a true weakness and show what you are doing to overcome it.
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1. JC 2012-04-19 12:43
I read a good article in BusinessInsider.com
on the 7 things you should never do on an interview. One thing it talked about, I think especially helpful for job candidates to answer this weakness type of question is this.
Don't Turn The Weakness Question Into A Positive
To put it bluntly, interviewers are not idiots. So when they ask you about a weakness and you say you work too hard or you are too much of a perfectionist, chances are they are more apt to roll their eyes than be blown away. Instead, be honest and come up with a weakness that can be improved on and won't ruin your chances of getting a job.
For instance, if you are interviewing for a project management position, it wouldn't be wise to say you have poor organizational skills, but it's ok to say you want to learn more shortcuts in Excel. "Talk about the skills you don't have that will add value, but aren't required for the job".
2. JC 2012-10-20 11:25
According to this video The Perfect Interview Questions
, you need to understand the reason behind this type of question. So yes they want to know what are your biggest weakness is, but what they really want to know is that you are acknowledging that you have weaknesses. Also you need to show that you are self-perceptive enough to identify that and that you have done something about it.
3. bobby 2013-04-25 23:49
you see i don't get the point behind asking the question about weaknesses, what's the interviewer wants to get out of this question?
4. JC 2013-04-26 15:27
I think the reason some companies ask this question is, they just want to grill you and want to see if you can handle it. To be frank, I think this is not a good question to ask during the interview.