Friday, January 15, 2016

The Question Everyone Hates

“What is your biggest weakness?” This question is asked in almost every job interview. It is the question that makes most candidates lie, or at least give a very weak answer. This can be a dreaded part of any interview.   

I am about to drop a truth bomb on you, so prepare yourselves. Everyone is flawed. I know, it’s crazy that you are not the only not perfect person, but it is true. I realize that everyone knows this, but that raises the question why do we feel like we all have to be? It is perfectly fine to not be perfect. It makes you human, and it might even make you more likeable.

Being honest when you answer this question shows you have humility and know that you can make improvements on yourself. If you can talk about your goals to fix your weaknesses, that is even better. Now if you really want to impress the interviewers, tell them how the role you are interviewing for will help you fulfill your goals towards improvement.

It’s okay to have flaws, and it is okay to admit them. Whether you need some work on time management, procrastination, or even need to improve your planning skills, that is okay. The important thing is to be aware of your flaws and strive to become better. Play on your strengths and use them to help you in your weaknesses.

Next time you get the dreaded question, you will be ready to answer with confidence. Admit your flaw, explain your goal to fix it, outline your plan to meet the goal, and tell them how the new position will help. You will knock it out of the park!

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