It’s been a standard interview question for so long, it’s become a bit of a cliche. Still, the question “what’s your biggest weakness” is likely to show up, in some form or another, in your interviews.
For example, a hiring manager might ask you about an area for improvement on your last performance review.
So how should you answer? Many people are tempted to share a weakness that’s really just a strength in disguise. Our advice? Be more authentic than that. Hiring managers can see through the “I’m a perfectionist” answer, and it’ll come across as a brag – even if it’s true.
At the same time, you don’t have to air your dirty laundry – after all, you are trying to sell yourself, not bash yourself.
Instead, give an honest, specific example of something you’re actively working on improving (be sure to include what you’ve done to successfully address the weakness). People find a little vulnerability charming; it shows you’re putting yourself out there for the job.
Whatever your “biggest weakness,” take our advice, and you’ll be a breath of fresh air to the person interviewing you. After all, hiring managers aren’t as interested in what your biggest weakness is. They’re interested in how you answer the question.
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