Interview Success: Identifying Your Weaknesses
You’ve reached the interview stage at your dream company with your impressive CV. As you prepare for the interview, it’s crucial to research and prepare answers to common questions such as “What is your greatest weakness?” This planning will help you avoid responses that may hinder your success in the role and limit replies that may come across as insincere, such as, “I tend to work too hard.”
In this blog, we’ve compiled a list of the best answers to this crucial interview question, and with this planning, we hope you can secure that dream career.
How to Select and Identify your Weaknesses.
1. Select a Weakness that will not Impact your Success in the Role.
When an interviewer asks, “What is your greatest weakness?” they are trying to gauge your self-awareness, honesty, capacity for self-improvement and ability to identify growth opportunities. Ultimately, it would help if you used this question to showcase how you’ve changed one of your weaknesses into a new skill or used it as motivation for a growth opportunity.
2. Use a Real Weakness
“Perfectionism” is not an answer when discussing your biggest weakness, as it doesn’t exist. While preparing your response, reflect on what you’ve learned and improved in your current role. Talk about early struggles in learning or improving skills and explain to the interviewer what you did to overcome them. Alternatively, use a personal weakness to make you seem more human, these replies don’t just have to be career related. For example, if you’re an introvert, mention how you prefer to avoid taking risks. Demonstrating not only your self-awareness but also that you understand how self-improvement and work performance are tied.
3. Exclude any Skills or Responsibilities Listed in the Job Description.
The job listing will typically provide a list of weaknesses you should avoid discussing, as these could potentially impact your ability to perform the role effectively. If you find it challenging to identify a specific weakness, read your past performance reviews, which will be relevant to your role. This can help you gather examples of your achievements and areas where you can improve.
List of Example Weaknesses
Messy desks are common, and this is a relatable and easily fixable weakness. Ensure to note that disorganisation will not affect your job ability, but to perform at 100%, acknowledge that this mess can impact your efficiency. Therefore, working on keeping your space cleaner/tidier by putting time aside to get yourself together will improve your performance.
You can use this to demonstrate a new skill and your flexibility. If you feel that you prefer to take on and finish tasks yourself or had to activley learn how to delegate in your last role, you can use this as a weakness. Discuss a system you use to manage this; it displays initiative to the interviewer and successful implementation of a new process.
In your last role, if you hesitated to provide constructive feedback to coworkers without fear of hurting their feelings, use this to show how you turned your weaknesses into strengths. Mention an instance in your previous role where you helped a co-worker with feedback, and from this, you realised criticism, when delivered correctly, is helpful and kind.
Similarly, a lack of tactfulness when delivering feedback can also be a weakness. If you have a blunt and honest nature, it doesn’t always come across as intended, so you could talk about how you’ve been building better relationships in the workplace or doing a leadership course.
If your role is not centred around public speaking, this is great to use as a weakness. You can highlight that you don’t need to use this skill much in your role but feel it is essential anyway and how you plan to work on this, whether speaking in team meetings or techniques to help you relax and see that public speaking helps others. Displaying your wishes to improve skills not necessarily needed in your role showcases maturity and your dedication to self-improvement.
6. Weak Data Analysis Skills
8. Too Much Self-Criticism
9. Work-Life Balance Maintenance
10. Lack of Patience
Which can all be turned into positives, and added examples of how you have improved, or will work on these creates more meaning behind these posts.
Go through these areas of consideration and prepare your answer to this all important question.
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