Interview Questions: About You

 

What is your greatest weakness?

It is an opportunity to turn a negative into a positive when asked during an interview what your greatest weakness is. A sense of urgency to get tasks completed timely or wanting to proofread details in a document or spreadsheet multiple times can be presented as a strength. For example, you are someone who will make sure the project is done on time and your work will be close to error free.

Although be careful not to make your weakness sound too much like a strength, because the interviewer may say something like, "That sounds like more of strength than a weakness. Do you have another example?" In case this happens to you, be sure to have a couple of good examples for them.

Possible Responses

  • Instead of waiting to the last minute to complete a task or project, I usually get things done in a considerable amount of time ahead of schedule.
  • Organization wasn't my strongest skill set, but I created a method of managing my time which has really improved my organization skills.
  • I may spend a little too much time checking my work, because I want it to be perfect. I've established a good balance by setting up a system to ensure everything is done correctly the first time.
  • Rather waiting until the last minute to schedule appointments for the coming week, I realized that it makes more sense to coordinate them in advance.
  • Sometimes I can be too much of a perfectionist in my work. I find myself spending more time than necessary on a task, or taking on tasks personally that could easily be delegated to someone else. Although I've never missed a deadline, it is still challenging at times for me to know when to move on to the next deliverable and to have confidence when assigning tasks to others.
  • Over time, I've come to use my perfectionism as an asset at work. With my attention to detail, I know my work is correct and I am excellent at meeting deadlines.
  • In the past I worked on a project to completion before starting another one, I've become more of a multitasker when working on multiple projects at the same time. Actually, it allows me to be both more creative and effective on each one.

The word "weakness" isn't used in the possible responses above, because you want to always focus on the positives during an interview.