Weaknesses in a job interview is one of the most typical questions and it is a beginner’s mistake not to prepare it. But sometimes it can make us feel very lost: what can we say that is negative about ourselves ” but not so much” that the company considers us a bad candidate option?
And that is the grace of the question.
Sometimes we can think that these types of questions are to make you nervous in a situation where you can easily feel insecure, but nothing further: the objective of the interviewer with this question is to know your degree of maturity and self-knowledge . Because when a company contacts you after reading your job profile it is because you have interested them and want to see everything they still do not know: how you are .
Therefore, they want to know you better through a talk as natural as possible, and not in something similar to an interrogation. So you have to think about this question well, so that you don’t see ‘the typical home prepared’. And this is the difficult thing, because nobody likes to talk about their defects, and less when you want to make a good impression.
There is no magic formula to answer this question . You really have to think about your personality and highlight what, always professionally, you think are defects.
Ponder what you want to say so you don’t go blank on the day of the interview:
As we have said before, this question is one of the most typical of job interviews. Therefore, as we do in this post, on the internet you can find a thousand ideas about what to answer in these situations. It is important that you think that the interviewer knows this too and that he will have heard the same answers countless times. So, always avoid the typical ones:
Surely you had heard them before. Nowadays no one bites in the technique of ‘ disguising virtues as defects’ . Defects are defects , and that is what they seek to know about you. The real flaws can be things like: I am slow learning new things, I am unpunctual, I am very shy, I have not worked as a team in previous jobs …
After identifying them, it is time to focus them with a positive attitude . How? Not simply citing ‘everything that makes you badly employed’, if not explain with examples situations in which you have not liked your way of acting, and how you have tried to solve it in the following.
For example, you may need to be corrected a lot at the beginning because you are insecure at the beginning of a job. All right. Here you can tell how you have been working to be more independent when you have been in the position for a while.
In conclusion: it is important that you remember that whoever does the interview has ever seen you in your same situation, and that he / she will also have their own flaws. This question is not asked to see you fail, but to know you better in a more direct and faster way.
Lose your fear of this question, because you deserve that position!