Everyday Interview Tips strives to bring you information to help you nail the job interview. One of the ways we do this is to show you some of the most difficult interview questions and answers and give you examples of how to answer them.
Question – What Are Your Biggest Weaknesses?
We all have weaknesses. Many of them. Weaknesses that you should never share with a potential employer. It should be obvious that you should not genuinely answer this question:
“I tend to oversleep and do not always show up to work on time.”
“I’m a heavy drinker and it has affected my work in the past.”
“I like to chug a bottle of Nyquil before work and see if it makes me trippy.”
These are obviously not good answers. Employers may want to know your weaknesses, but answering this question honestly is not going to get you the job.
There are also answers that may seem as though they would work, but may still harm your interview chances:
“I don’t like getting blamed for things I didn’t do.”
“I can get a little defensive when I am disagreed with.”
“I find talking on the phone to be uncomfortable.”
These, too, will harm your chances of getting a job. The first two make it sound as though you complain often and may be handful. The latter shows you may not be qualified for an aspect of your job. They may seem somewhat harmless, but they can drastically affect your chances.
How to Answer the Question
When you answer this interview question, you should make sure that your answer does two things:
- Explain a problem that everyone has had at one point or another.
- Explain the steps you have already begun to fix the problem.
For example, common problems that everyone faces include:
- Taking on Too Much
These are generally harmless, provided you do not emphasize that you have a huge problem with it. You should then form your answer in a way that makes it sound as though you are fixing the problem.
“When I first started working I would try to get as many projects as I could from my supervisor and complete them as quickly as possible. I often felt I was rushing through work without giving them the proper care. Since then, though, I have worked on scheduling myself better and find that I am able to work projects much more efficiently than I had in the past.”
The answer may not be perfect, but it gets the point across, and it shows that even though you sort of had a weakness in the past, you are already working towards fixing it.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Answer questions about weaknesses with a brief, common weakness.
- Follow it up with the steps you have already taken to fix it, using specific examples if possible.