What are Your Weaknesses? – Sample Answer

What are Your Weaknesses? – Sample Answer

October 14, 2019 100 By Stanley Isaacs


hi it’s Linda Rayner of Linda Raynor comm career strategist speaker and coach and in this video I’m going to teach you three steps on how to prepare for and answer the what are your weaknesses interview question so that you can not only make it to the next round of interviews but also ideally land the job offer now before we go in-depth into what a good weakness is we need to first understand what a good weakness is not so there are two things that your weakness is not your weakness is not a personality trait and secondly your weakness is not a strength in disguise so firstly your weaknesses are not your personality traits in the job interview world weaknesses are things that can be improved on there are things that can be fixed or corrected your personality traits on the other hand are natural inherent traits within you that really nobody can fix unless you fix that yourself or change that yourself so when you say something like I’m impatient as a weakness that tells your employer that they’re going to have an employee who’s impatient pretty much all the time it’s not something that anybody can fix and change it’s just part of who you are which is why using a personality trait as a weakness is not a good idea and secondly your weakness is not a strength in disguise I’ve seen a lot of people use this example and try to get away with saying things like I work too hard as being a witness or I’m a perfectionist and you know it’s pretty transparent and clear to the recruiter and hiring manager what you’re trying to do when you use these it’s it’s almost like a cop-out for really explaining what your genuine weakness is and as a result I would highly recommend you not use those as examples of weaknesses so now you know what a weakness is not let’s talk about what a weakness is a weakness is an issue or concern that occurs in a certain context that you have improved and continue to improve on so for example instead of saying I’m impatient you may say something like in situations where there’s a deadline to be met I tend to want things to be done quickly and efficiently and in these situations I’ve tended to finish my tasks quickly and consistently ask for status update from my co-workers this has made me appear to be impatient in front of others so in this situation they’re describing the context when the weakness occurs so that’s what you want to do you want to make sure that it’s within a specific context or situation so that it doesn’t appear that it’s something that you do on a consistent basis it’s just when this type of situation happens this is the weakness that tends to come up within me then you would say what you did and are doing to improve on this weakness so you would say as a result I’ve learned to be cognizant of this fact and no longer try to constantly update myself on what my coworkers are up to as often instead I’ve implemented weekly meetings where everyone comes to the table and with their updates and that has bled to greater efficiency for everyone involved so what can you do to figure out your weaknesses step one is to brainstorm a list of your current and past weaknesses or concerns that you have about yourself these are private lists so nobody needs to see them literally take out a sheet of paper divide them into two columns and start coming up with things that you feel are certain areas for improvement within yourself just list them now step two is to highlight the weaknesses that tend to occur only in a certain context or situation generally this is going to be the majority of the weaknesses that you list out but think of the ones that you know can be applied in a professional setting it’s not something that happens all the time but when the situation comes up at work you tend to be a certain way so that’s what you want to think of and finally step 3 pick one current and one past weakness and develop a story for each so remember these weaknesses only occur when certain situations happen so you want to think of the situation and how you’re going to frame it in order to develop your story and as a bonus I’m including some fill in the blank lines that you can use to help you develop your story so here are some helpful lines to get you started the first one is in situations where and then this is where you would insert your context or situation I have tended to or 10/2 and this is where you exhibit this weakness not the weakness itself so you’re kind of describing what you tend to do in this situation this has made me appear and this is where you would insert your weakness so in our case it was this has made me appear impatient in front of others but you’re again not saying that you are an impatient person as a result I’ve learned to be cognizant of this fact and no longer insert the way you exhibit this weakness so again it will go back to the second line that you filled in instead I now insert your solution that resolves this weakness and finally this has resulted in insert your successful results so it could be a quantifiable result or it could just be an improved efficiency or time savings in some area whatever it may be so now you know how to answer the what are your weaknesses interview question but do you know if your resume is still up to par feel free to download a copy of my ten ultimate resume hacks cheat sheet which is also in the link in the description box below and that way you’ll get top tips from me on how to land more interviews and ideally job offers if you like this video then please give it a thumbs up subscribe share it with your friends thank you so much for watching and I will see you in the next video you [Music]