Discussing Weaknesses in Interviews: Good Examples

By Connor Barry on October 4, 2021

Key Points:

  • Purpose of asking the Weakness question
  • How to effectively answer the Weakness question
  • A list of good weaknesses

During an interview, you’re trying to put your best foot forward. However, nothing can put you back a step than being asked, “what’s your biggest weakness?” It’s a tricky question that many interviewers ask, and the truth is that there’s a secret to answering the question. The secret is there’s a formula that allows you to answer but focus’ on your strengths.

There’s a reason why interviewers ask you what your weakness is, and once you understand why, it can help you answer the question. Interviewers want to make sure you are honest, self-aware, and aren’t hiding any red flags. Since you want to be all those traits, it’s important not to play up an unrealistic weakness because employers can interpret it as unprofessional and dishonest.

Below, we will break down how to answer this question, so you have no reason to panic when asked during your following interview.

1. Now that you know why interviewers ask this question, you can figure out how to share your answer. When answering the question, it’s essential to remain humble and use positive body language to show your confidence. For more information on how to improve your body language during an interview, click here. Using personable verbal and non-verbal communication will help you stand out from other candidates.

2. After reviewing the role and responsibilities for the position you’re interviewing for, did you notice there was a part you were apprehensive about? For instance, maybe you are nervous because the responsibilities list occasional speaking in front of the company, and you aren’t comfortable with public speaking. This weakness is relatable, something you can work towards overcoming.

3. When addressing your weakness, make sure to minimize the trait and highlight your strengths. For instance, if your drawback is unfamiliar with the company’s software, you can state how you’re a fast learner (if you are, of course).

4. After you’ve stated your weakness and highlighted your strength, it’s essential to share the actions you’ve taken to improve upon your weakness. If you have any examples with results that you can share, that will show the employer how serious you are about career development. For instance, if you are, in fact, afraid of public speaking, you could share that you volunteered to present on a topic in front of your previous team or that you have joined a local improv team to overcome your fear.

For reference, here is a list of possible good weaknesses:

  • Lack of experience in delegating tasks
  • Lack of experience in providing constructive criticism
  • Difficulty asking for assistance
  • Fear of public speaking
  • Unfamiliar with the company’s software

No one is perfect, and everyone has weaknesses, so it’s essential to be honest, and realistic when answering the common question of your biggest weakness. Using the above formula will allow you to answer the question and stand out from the other candidates. If you’re looking for more tips for your job search, check out our latest article, 10 Effective Ways To Use Social Media To Find A Job.

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