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The Hardest Interview Question: What Is Your Biggest Weakness?
Your main goal in an interview is to show the company your strengths and tell them why you would be the best fit for the job. When the tables turn and the interviewer asks what your biggest weakness is, many candidates freeze. You do not want them to know why NOT to hire you! But there is an easy way to answer this question without ruining your chances.
First, be honest! But counteract that weakness with its corresponding strength. By using the list below, recently posted on LinkedIn by Dave Kerpen, you can actually turn this question into another chance to show off your strengths.
- Disorganized ---> Creative
- Inflexible ---> Organized
- Stubborn ---> Dedicated
- Inconsistent ---> Flexible
- Obnoxious ---> Enthusiastic
- Emotionless ---> Calm
- Shy ---> Reflective
- Irresponsible ---> Adventurous
- Boring ---> Responsible
- Unrealistic ---> Positive
- Negative ---> Realistic
- Intimidating ---> Assertive
- Weak ---> Humble
- Arrogant ---> Self-Confident
- Indecisive ---> Patient
- Impatient ---> Passionate
[By Dave Kerpen, CEO, Likeable Local, NY Times Best-Selling Author & Keynote Speaker]
Some examples of how this could work for you during the interview:
- My biggest weakness is I can sometimes be stubborn, but this shows how dedicated I am to every decision I make and every task I encounter.
- My biggest weakness is that I am extremely passionate. Unfortunately, sometimes that comes off as slightly impatient, but I truly am over-passionate about everything I set my mind to.
- My biggest weakness is that I am an incurable optimist. In most settings, my positivity is appreciated, but sometimes this can lead to unrealistic goals and aspirations in the workplace. It is something I am continuously trying to improve.
By using this question to show you know you are not perfect and still have room to grow in your new position, the interviewer will hopefully be able to see the real you. Hopefully, this list will help you feel more comfortable in your next interview and show your interviewer more of your strengths. Best of luck!