What's your weakness?
College student seeking internship position.
Well, no one is perfect, we all have weakness.
During the interview, I found this question a bit tricky.
I would like to know how you approach this kind of question.
What does HR really want to know from this question?
Emily J.’s Answer
I think there are a few things you should keep in mind whenever asked this question:
1) Always reframe their question in your answer as an "opportunity". For example: "My greatest growth/development opportunity is...". Because really, it is! See part 2.
2) Employers are looking to potentially learn a few things in asking this question:
-- If they like you for the role, they may want to know how they can make the job/internship most fruitful for you/where they can help develop you
-- Also, if they like you for the role, they may be checking to be sure that they're placing you under a manager/in position that would be complimentary to your weaknesses
-- It's a good thing to be self aware, be HONEST about flaws, and be able to articulate flaws well with others.
3) Always, always, always show that you have a plan on how you can improve in these "weaknesses", how you plan to develop. (i.e. reading books/watching educational YouTube videos/consulting with a mentor/accountability partners/etc.)
Hope this helps!
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This is always a tricky question. I think for the most part, when someone interviewing you asks what you're weakness is, they are looking to see how honest you can be, and how willing you are to take ownership and acknowledge something you aren't naturally good at. When answering this question, I would definitely recommend combatting your answer with a tangible activity that you are proactively doing to better yourself in this area.
Potential employers want to know that you're self-aware. You're not expected to be perfect, but they need to know that you have an authentic answer to demonstrate that you're actively trying to improve this weakness. For example, if you've had a difficult boss or colleague in the past that was a challenge to collaborate with, you could say that you made efforts to make sure that communications were clear by parroting back with your own words what someone requested you to do so that you didn't waste time doing something unrelated. Or if you're naturally an introvert, you could say that you've joined a monthly group where you take turns giving a presentation on a topic related to your field so that you gain experience and comfort at public speaking.
It is indeed a tricky question. The way i usually handle it is to state a weakness and state what i have been doing to overcome this weakness.
For instance, i would say that i used to be a shy person, however lately i have been engaged in Ressource groups, i've been volunteering & teaching English classes which helped me overcome this issue.
Hope this helps,
As a designer, I was recently tasked with mapping my skills on a spiderweb matrix for better clarity on my strengths and helping identify areas where I would like to improve. Regardless of career focus, this might be helpful to do something similar. Here is the exercise for design: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/569bed615a5668a5944e9662/t/588a830af5e23191381feeda/1485472560965/UX+Skills_Activity.pdf
Hope this helps! Happy to help with any next steps!
What an employer is looking for are more concrete answers vs the standard "I lack organizational skills" be more clear in the approach of "My opportunities are organization., what I mean is that in my email box I have a tough time keeping all of my emails from everyone in sync"
When you state what your opportunity is and then present why it is an opportunity the reply becomes more meaningful and thought out.
I hope this helps.
My greatest weakness is that I have difficulty giving up on hard projects.
My greatest weakness is that I get anxious when I'm running late.
My greatest weakness is that I have to clean my work space before I can move on to the next project.
Make it something that you actually do but look at the question from a different point of view.
Karen L.’s Answer
This question itself has lot of answers but being a professional answering becomes a tricky part .
According to me always be straightforward but professional at the same time . for eg. you may answer that i need to learn better time management, or balancing my professional and personal life .
By this you are not being diplomatic in fact you know you have this drawback and you are working on it.
Hope this helps, Good Luck!
I like to believe that there are always company or companies who will evaluate us as very good and others who will reject us (it's the same in life, there is always someone who wants to be with you, and someone who wants to have you with all your strength and weakness as a friend).
So when you go on an interview and had this question always try to be honest (don't think about that what is the "good" answer).
There is no good or bad answer, there is just something that you might find as your weakness. When you share it, you can add that you understand that at this time it is a weakness but you are working on it to improve it and be better over time.
Good luck with all future interviews.
My go to would be empathy, or detail-oriented.
#1 Empathy: I really feel how my customers are feeling and I am carrying their ideas through.
#2 Detail-oriented: I am highly organized and the details that I bring to my work is always a priority.
In both of these, you can see a weakness but it allows you to shine through. No one will think as empathy or detail oriented, as true weaknesses.
Hope this helps,
When asked this question in an interview (I don't ask that any more!), choose one of the weaknesses that should not effect the job you are applying for.
Another thing to think of is when describing the weakness, show the flip side of it, where in some cases it can also be a good thing.
For instance, if you are sensitive and take things personally, it could also show that you are sensitive to others feelings and needs.
Also, when asked about your weaknesses, you could say "I am currently working on being more/less __________" or "As I grow I realize that I am becoming more aware of _________"
That way you are showing that you are ware of the weakness and are taking responsibility to strengthen it.
Remember: we all have our weaknesses! Be assertive, open and honest and do not apologize for who you are.
Good luck :)
My point of view is this; employers are interested in knowing how you react and respond to a question like this. Are you self-aware enough to recognize that as humans we all have “weaknesses”? These so-called weaknesses are nothing but aspects of ourselves and or behaviors that we’d like to develop and or improve upon, opportunities for growth. Someone who isn’t mired or discouraged by their weaknesses, an individual who is open to continuous growth and development and is interested in improvement sounds like a very strong candidate to me!
HOW TO GO ABOUT ANSWERING THESE?
While replying to questions concerning your strengths and weaknesses, always keep the job description at the back of your mind. While tending to questions regarding your strengths, concentrate on strengths you possess that are needed for the job. For instance, if a job requires a considerable measure of work on team ventures, you may state that you are a reasonable communicator who can work with various groups of individuals.
While answering questions concerning your weaknesses, dodge shortcomings that would portray that you are unfit for the job. For instance, if the job position requires a great deal of technical ability, don’t state that your shortcoming is technology. Likewise, regardless of what shortcoming you choose, try and put a positive outlook to your answer.
E.g. you may state that you are attempting to improve a specific shortcoming, or clarify how a shortcoming may be viewed as a strength (for instance, on the off chance that you are a bit too meticulous, you can clarify how this in certainty, encourages you come up with quality work).
for more details: Interview Questions Related To Strengths and Weaknesses
The answer to the question should convey a knowledge of oneself, specifically knowing what you, as an individual, need to improve on. However, I recommend going against explicitly stating personality "flaws," e.g. being messy or shy. Rather, these should be rephrased in a more professional manner that applies to the job; "shy" is implied in "I don't have a lot of experience when speaking in front of a group, or much public speaking experience at all for that matter."
If it's too difficult to assess yourself in the moment, you can always reply that your greatest weakness is your inexperience, and fine tune the answer to fit the position from there. As a college student, this is a given.
The important this is to *always* make sure to end every weakness with a positive, like a strong willingness to learn about whatever field you are interviewing for.
Hope this helps :)