One of the trickiest interview questions to answer is, “What are your weaknesses?” This question is challenging because it’s easy to answer in a way that comes off as dishonest – I have no weaknesses! or disqualifying – I am bad at this one skill that’s an absolute must-have for this job. You’ll seem arrogant if you say that you don’t have any flaws, but if you respond with too many negative attributes, you may jeopardize your chances of securing a position. The following article will cover a list weakness you can mention in the job interview to stand out and the best answers that will impress the interviewer.
Tips for selecting weaknesses
- Mention a weakness that isn’t critical to your job
- Mention ways you plan to improve this weakness/es
I tend to be overly critical of myself. Whenever I complete a project, I can’t help but feel that I could have done more even if my work received a positive response. This often leads me to overwork myself and leaves me feeling burned out. Over the past few years, I’ve tried to take time to look at my achievements objectively and celebrate those wins. This has not only improved my work and my confidence, but it has helped me to appreciate my team and other support systems that are always behind me in everything I do.
I am incredibly introverted, which makes me wary of sharing my ideas in a group setting or speaking up during team meetings. I feel that I had good intentions, I just wasn’t always comfortable speaking up. After my team didn’t meet expectations on two consecutive projects, I decided to start making changes to get more familiar with sharing my ideas for the benefit of my team. I took local improv classes and started trying to get comfortable discussing my thoughts. It’s still a work in progress, but it’s something that I’ve improved dramatically over the past year.
I’m not familiar with the latest version of the software that you use. I’ve spent my time recently focused on generating a positive user experience and have always been willing to learn new things. Throughout my career software has always changed and I’ve always been willing to adapt to changing technology. I will put in the time it takes to learn this new software.
When I’m given a task, I am very goal-oriented and work hard to complete that task. However, when new projects come across my plate, I sometimes jump right into those projects and halt work on the projects I had in progress. Having to jump between tasks, so many times throughout the day hinders my productivity and prevents me from delivering my best work. I have been using a project management tool to help me manage my tasks and my time, which has helped me become more aware of prioritization. Since implementing this project management mentality, I have only improved my efficiency and productivity.
List of Weaknesses
There are different categories of weaknesses that you can choose from when answering interview questions about your shortcomings. However, do not choose a weakness at random.
- Coursework (a particular year you struggled with)
- Submissions (be sure to emphasize your strength in other forms of writing)
- Being overly involved in on-campus activities (extra-curricular activities)
- Covering for co-workers
- Expecting too much from colleagues
- Being too critical of other people’s work
- Too easily internalizing the problems of clients
- A particular software package
- Specific technology/ tool
- Financial literacy
- Foreign languages (or one particular foreign language)
Rehearsing is one of the most crucial steps before your interview. If you aren’t well versed in your examples and your stories, you may forget it or sound ingenuine. With the right amount of practice, you will nail your response and impress the hiring manager with your answer when they ask, “What are your weaknesses?”