A UNIQUE AND EFFECTIVE WAY TO ANSWER THE INTERVIEW QUESTION, “WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST WEAKNESS?”
- Don’t say a negative that is actually a positive — “I work too hard.” “I am a perfectionist.” Interviewers easily spot this tactic and it makes you seem like you are avoiding the question and lack depth.
- Don’t say a weakness that is a core competency of a job. I once interviewed someone to be a call-center rep who told me his biggest weakness was that he hated talking to people on the phone. You do not want your interviewer wondering why you are wasting their time interviewing for the job.
- Don’t say a weakness that is irrelevant to the job, or is too personal — “I am terrified of sharks.” “I have major abandonment issues.” This is not what the interviewer was going for, and answering this way will make everyone present uncomfortable.
- Don’t say, “I don’t know.” This makes you seem unprepared for the interview and like you lack introspection.
- Do discuss a genuine weakness, and how you have already started working on it.
- Do explain why you would rock out this job, but not that job based on your strengths and weaknesses.
- Brainstorm why you are excited about this particular job, and why you are well suited for it, and compare that to jobs you think you would hate and/or not be well suited for.
- Take the contrast between the two and phrase them as strengths and weaknesses.
- Answer the question in the form of a story, if you can, to illustrate your point.