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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Published by Matthew Coppola - Career Coach, Employment Specialist and Professional CV Writer

Holding a graduate degree in Commerce, majoring in Economics at Curtin University, as well as a post graduate certificate in Career Education and Development at RMIT University, Matthew brings with him many years of experience working in the fields of business development, marketing, soft-skills training and employment services industry. He has gained significant exposure in working with employers in sourcing staff as well as assisting jobseekers in promoting and marketing themselves to employers and securing sustainable employment outcomes. He is currently working in Disability Employment Services where he assists clients with mental health disabilities in finding and keeping satisfying and gainful employment and helping them overcome and work around barriers to employment. He has helped many job seekers secure employment by training and coaching them in the art of being interviewed and giving the interviewer a positive and lasting impression. He knows how to sell and market a job seeker to an employer and he imparts this knowledge to his clients in helping them sell and market themselves in an interview. Matthew regularly writes new articles on a variety of employment related topics and posts these to his personal website blog

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