Interview Answers – “What Are Your Greatest Weaknesses?’

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Interview Tip – What are your greatest weaknesses?

Sadly, any significant admission of a weakness or fault will earn you an “A” for honesty, but an “F” for the interview. The company doesn’t really want to know about your weaknesses, they want to know how you overcome them.

Possible Answer: Disguise one of your strengths as a weakness. For example, “I sometimes push my people too hard. I like to work with a sense of urgency and everyone is not always on the same wavelength.” The drawback is that this strategy is better than admitting a flaw, but it’s so widely used, it is transparent to any experienced interviewer.

Best Answer: Assure the interviewer that you can think of nothing that would stand in the way of your performing in the position with excellence. Once you have done so, provide one honest area in which you might improve. Finally, reiterate your strengths and qualifications and how they match the job description. Admit that there is always a chance for improvement, but that you don’t consider this a debilitating weakness, but rather a chance to grow as a person and employee.

Today’s post is from Tiffany Sledge, a Senior studying psychology at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

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