Questions about weaknesses are the ones that many interviewees worry about most. How can you discuss your flaws without conveying to recruiters that you’re not a good candidate for the job?
The key to answering this question is to turn a negative into a positive. By showing how you don’t let your flaws impact your job and touching on the steps you take to improve on your weaknesses, you’ll make a positive impression on recruiters.
Avoid focusing on weaknesses that would prevent you from performing your job. For example, as an administrative assistant you wouldn’t want to say your weakness is organisation. On the other hand, you should avoid answers like ‘I don’t have any weaknesses’. Answers such as this one my lead interviewers to believe that you don’t have the self-awareness to identify and work on your shortcomings.
Here is an example answer to this question:
‘One of my biggest weaknesses is public speaking. As part of my job, I have attended a number of conferences and events where I have been required to speak to large audiences. While my shyness in front of crowds hasn’t prevented me from delivering speeches, it does make me very nervous. In order to combat this weakness, I have taken up public speaking as a hobby. I’ve learned various public speaking techniques and improved my confidence in speaking to large audiences. In the future, I believe I will be much more confident when participating in speaking events.’