Every person has a weak point. Yes, even the smartest person you know. I have a friend who is excellent at research and analysis but is rather poor when it comes to arts and design. I have a coworker who is an amazing speaker and leader but is bad at making presentations. So you see, we all have weak points. It’s a normal thing. It is just impossible to be good at every task. We all have limitations.
Now if you’re interviewing for a job or how to pass a job interview, chances are, you’ll get asked about these weaknesses. I think you have a pretty good grasp on what those weak points are. But most probably, your real concern is how to talk about them. I understand that a job interview is not exactly the best situation to talk about what you’re not good at. But you should realize that you shouldn’t get too stressed out regarding this.
“What are your weaknesses?”
Know that this question has a good, legitimate purpose. And no, it’s not to put you in an awkward situation. The purpose of this question is to assess how honest you are. It is meant to assess if you have a good idea of what your limitations are. And how you’re able to manage them.
Answering this tough question
First and foremost, there is a very good chance that you will be asked this. So it is best that you prepare for it beforehand. You don’t want to sound too unprepared when you answer. Or worse, you don’t want to end up saying that you have no weaknesses.
Alright, so how should you answer this question? Well, it depends on what your weak points are. First of all, think about what your main weaknesses are. Are they related to the job function you’re interviewing for? Will admitting those weaknesses damage your chances? If yes, then maybe you should think of a more “neutral” weakness. But then again, why would you apply for a position if you know that you’re not competent at it, right?
But anyway, let’s go back to your “neutral” weak points. These are the weaknesses that won’t directly impact your performance in the job if ever you get hired. So, what are examples of these neutral weak points? For example, I once interviewed for a copywriter position. One of my weaknesses is not being good with numbers, and that’s true. I didn’t lie about my weakness. But at the same time, I did not compromise my chance of securing the job. So, that’s one good way of answering the question.
Let me now tell you what you should not do. I know a lot of people do this and think it’s a good answer. But I’m telling you, this is a bad idea. Don’t say that your biggest weakness is your strength. Just don’t do it. It makes you sound pretentious. You do not impress the hiring manager by doing this. In fact, they will get the impression that you’re just trying to fool them by not admitting your real weakness.
Alright, so that’s it for now. Make sure to visit The Career Mastery for more career tips.