Help with answering the interview question: “What are your weaknesses?” By Matthew Coppola

We all have weaknesses either personally or professionally. In this case, the weaknesses that we are referring to are the flaws that as an employee you have or have demonstrated at work in one way or another, either just once or continuously. It might be that you find it really hard to talk to customers. Or it may be that you always arrive late to client meetings. By posing this question to an interviewee, the employer is trying to find out what they are up for if they do hire you so there are no surprises. This question is usually asked either after or before the question “What are your strengths?”, so the employer is trying to learn about you and identify if there are any areas that you can improve on or they need to be aware of prior to hiring you.

Whatever your weakness is that you have identified, it is always a good idea to mention what it is that you are doing about it. That is, what you are doing to improve and overcome this weakness. For example, you might say that you tend to over-analyse. But to overcome this, when you find yourself over-analysing, you stop and then look at the situation holistically, etc.

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