General interview questions and answers
Intelligent answers to weakness interview questions
You are competent, you always complete your assignments, but you feel confused in
dealing with the question "What is your greatest weakness?" asked by the employer.
Some people are cautious. They do not haste to give their answer but think for a moment
and it is not difficult for the interviewer to notice that you are not sure about your answer.
That's a little bit of disadvantage to you.
Some people are hasty. They do not think but make the answers immediately "I have no
weakness" and try to prove that argument by terms of confidence in their competency.
But the employer will surely know that you are lying, for a simple reason, no one is
perfect, more or less, and everyone has their own weak points. Not mentioning the
interviewer will assess your sincerity from your answer. Whatever, that's not an
impressive way to answer this question.
So, how do you answer this such as difficult but common question? Following will be
some tips helping you selecting your appropriate answers.
1. Talking too much:
Don't be afraid that your interviewer may assess you are a talkative person that are
usually wasting time chatting with colleagues at work. The problem is that how you
demonstrate your weakness so that the employer may consider your "talkative" will be
made use of when you are assigned to a position.
You may send a long but effective mail replying to a partner. You may talk for hours
with customers but are persuasive to get the customers, it's naturally but also necessary to
provide the customer with adequate information as well. Though you may be a little
talkative, that's still acceptable in business. Certainly, talkative people will be more
suitable to jobs such as sales, marketing or public relation rather than technical jobs.
2. Being a perfectionist:
In mentioning this, demonstrate that you a person always expecting high performance
from surrounding people as well as from yourself, that you are always looking for an
overall perfection but not individual perfection for yourself. You need to demonstrate that
you know everyone has their own skills and strong points, and that you would like
everyone to highly focus on the job and give the maximum performance.
3. Being over-attentive:
This weakness will sometimes upset your colleagues as you interrupt them even during
their busiest time. In addition, you may make comments or complaints about the smallest
details that your colleagues do not perform "perfectly". This trait may upset others but in
compensation, it helps the work to be better accomplished and themselves to become
more responsible people. When you choose this weakness, you should demonstrate that
you focus on the detail at work but in normal life.
The importance when dealing with this question is that you are confident and try to make
impression about your professional so that you will be viewed better than other
4. Being Supervisory-addicted
You are supervisory-addicted, like to command others though you are not the manager,
and this often upsets your colleagues, too. Try to demonstrate this weakness in a
humorous way in which you show your wish for improvement as well as your desire in
the future job. Moreover, try to make the employer understand that the fact that you like
commanding doesn't mean that you turn yourself into a power-addicted person and that
you like to impose your opinion and feeling on others.
5. Being a workaholic:
If you give this answer, be careful or the employer expect too much from you as he/she
may assign to you too much work while you still do not get the hold of the job. You
shouldn't say that you spend much time at workplace to work; instead, you should say
that you often think about the job even during your leisure weekends. Your mind often
resolves around the job, around new strategies, etc.
Even when residing aside your family, you sometimes spend time go to internet, check
mail to see if there is anything new. The purpose of this answer is to show that you are a
responsible and serious person but not that you appear frequently at the workplace.
"What is your greatest weakness?" that is a common question in any interview. In
general, with this question, you should state a weakness that relates to the job. Certainly,
you must be sincere as it will be shown during the answer. For example, during the
interview, you state your weakness to be talking too much, but you hardly say anything in
the interview when the interviewer asks or you are rather quiet and rarely getting on well
with others when you are employed. They will affect your image. The important thing
when you are facing with this question is that you are confident and try to make
impression about your professional so that you will be assessed better than other
candidates. With that, surely success will be in your hand.
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