“What is your greatest weakness?”
This is arguably the trickiest interview question that can be asked in a job interview. It is tricky because it seems like the interviewer is asking you to be honest about your flaws and in the same vein, if you mention a flaw that they feel they can handle, it jeopardises your chances of landing the job.
Before going to how to and how not to answer this question, why exactly do interviewers ask this question?
The tough answer is that they are trying to shake you up a little. The truth is that even if you have prepared to answer this question, the best of us will still prefer not to be asked this question. And really, nobody can blame you; you want to be interviewed to put your best foot forward and not your worst foot.
However, interviewers want to see beneath the prim and proper appearance you have definitely prepared for the interview. They want to know the human beneath because at the end of it all, no matter how skilful or talented you are; they will have to deal with the human. You will be working with people and in working with people, your flaws are bound to come out, whether you like it or not.
So, basically, it can be said that they are simply trying to prepare themselves for it.
But more importantly, the interviewer wants to know that you are self-aware; that you know yourself; good bad and ugly. Being self-aware is the first step to self-improvement.
You might say why bother when they won’t even get the 100% honest answer? The truth is that they know you will not tell them if you are troublesome or a rumour monger. However, the way you answer the question will also give them a glimpse into who you are.
Many candidates, unfortunately, trip over this question or take the wrong approach to answer it.
Having said that, what are the right ways to answer the question?
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