After listening to multiple job interviews, nothing makes me cringe more than the response some applicants give when asked “What is your biggest weakness?”
FACT: We all have weaknesses. By responding “I can’t really think of one.” Or “I don’t have one.” might give the hiring manager a wrong (arrogant) impression of you.
So the question is- How DO you answer this tricky question in an interview?
Turn a Negative into a Positive
The key is to answer with a weakness that can also be seen as your strength. For example, some with perfectionism would give a lot of their attention to things that aren’t a priority because they want everything done right- even the little things. Even though this is a weakness and could cost my employer “time”, it also shows you are detail-oriented. Therefore, even if it takes you a little bit longer, your employer will see that you strive for excellence.
“I’ve learned to make my perfectionism work to my advantage at work. I am excellent at meeting deadlines, and with my attention to detail, I know my work is correct.”
Skills You Are Improving On
Another option is to discuss skills that you have improved upon during your previous job, so you are showing the interviewer that you can make improvements, when necessary.
“Being organized wasn’t my strongest skill, but I began a time management system that really helped my organizational skills.”