Four Tips for Talking About Your Biggest Weakness in a Job Interview
In job interviews, they love asking what your biggest WEAKNESS is. And most of the time, it's just to mess with you and see if you panic. But according to Forbes.com, it's also because if you know what your weaknesses are, then you've probably got a good handle on your STRENGTHS too. Which suggests you're smart, perceptive, and understand how you'll be valuable.
Here are four ways to make sure your next answer to the "biggest weakness" question is a good one.
#1.) Don't Prepare an Exact Response. You should THINK about your answer ahead of time. You just shouldn't REHEARSE it, because it won't seem authentic.
#2.) Talk About How You've Conquered the Weakness. Pick something you USED to be bad at, and now you're at least OKAY at it. And if possible, have a story to tell. For example, if you think being SHY is your biggest weakness, explain how you're NOT shy when it comes to things like meetings and conference calls. And that you actually ended up making a lot of friends at your last job.
#3.) Don't Say Your Biggest Weakness Is That You "Work Too Hard". Or that you, "tend to be a perfectionist." Both are stock answers that hiring managers hear all the time. And it's basically like admitting you don't KNOW what your biggest weakness is.
#4.) Be Honest, But Don't Mention Any Essential Skills. For example, if it's a desk job and you say you're not very fast at TYPING, you won't get hired. In fact, according to one expert, you're better off listing a skill that's not relevant to the job AT ALL. Like, if you're applying for a job as a car salesman and tell them you have a terrible SINGING VOICE, they might just laugh and move on. With that said, you SHOULD choose something relevant, if possible. And obviously don't pick anything TOO personal, like that you're terrible with money.