We all know that the interview is your time to shine. We wait for the question, “What are your strengths?” because it is so exciting to brag about ourselves… we know this is going to land us the job! But inevitably that question is always followed by the infamous, “What are your weaknesses?” Talk about a hit on your ego!
I don’t know about you, but I absolutely hate the weakness question. It makes you have to admit and come to terms that you may not be the #1 candidate for the job. Major interview point loss! I know many that simply answer with, “I have no weaknesses.” But is this the ‘right’ answer?
Well, there are no right or wrong answers when it comes to interviews, but there are definitely weak and strong answers. Here are some tips on how to make your weakness answers strong.
Admit your weaknesses
It is important to first and foremost come to terms with your weaknesses and be able to admit them, especially in an interview. Stating that you have no weaknesses does two things – it makes you seem arrogant and it makes you seem ignorant.
Offer a solution or plan
It is good that you have taken the step to admit your weaknesses, but don’t just leave your answer at that. Propose a plan on how you are improving or going to improve these weaknesses. Employers like strategic thinking!
Turn your weaknesses into strengths
Admitting your weaknesses and then proposing a plan is a strength all in itself. Showcase this to the interviewer. They will not only see that you are creative, but they will see that you are positive about change and what could be. (Bonus: mention your willingness and acceptance of change… employers like to hear this and it will help you stand out from the other candidates)
I know, this is a given… we have all heard it before. But seriously, show your confidence (not arrogance) and own your weaknesses, they are what make you unique.
The best way to answer the weakness question is to practice! Know what you are going to say before the interview. Pull out 2-3 weaknesses and really focus on how you plan to change them and turn them into strengths.
Now that you have mastered the weakness question, you are sure to shine at your next interview. Although these steps are not a sure guarantee you will land any job you interview for, they are definitely worth the practice!
Don’t forget about the strengths!
Remember… the interview is your time to really market yourself. Celebrate your strengths and embrace the unique work you can bring to the table. The interview is a glorified brag session, where you are actually “selling” yourself, so to speak.
Next post, we will talk about how to showcase your strengths… because that is important too!