The greatest Weakness interview question: What answer do you give for this quest

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  1. Rhonda_M profile image81
    Rhonda_Mposted 7 years ago

    The greatest Weakness interview question: What answer do you give for this question?

  2. michiganman567 profile image82
    michiganman567posted 7 years ago

    You are supposed to name a negative and turn it into a positive.  Something like I like to challenge myself, so in the past I have taken on additional responsibilities when I probably should have declined.  Or something that shows that you recognize your weakness and you are trying to work on bettering yourself in that area.

  3. retailmanagement profile image59
    retailmanagementposted 7 years ago

    Whatever you do, don't say you're a perfectionist.  As a interviewer that does several interviews per week for the last 5 years, I have heard that answer hundreds of times!  They might as well answer, "I'm lazy."

    I agree with michiganman567 in that you should be honest and confess a non-fatal weakness.  Non-fatal, meaning, not a weakness that will cost you the job.  "I steal things."  That would be bad.  But it should be a true weakness.

  4. rulalenska profile image85
    rulalenskaposted 7 years ago

    "I have a disability. You can't discriminate against me. My disability is that I am lazy."

  5. Lipnancy profile image91
    Lipnancyposted 7 years ago

    I  just get so caught up in doing my work, I often stay late and  inconvenience those who must close up.

    1. Rhonda_M profile image81
      Rhonda_Mposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Good answer!

  6. Rajan Dhir profile image66
    Rajan Dhirposted 7 years ago

    This has been the undoing of my professional career, if i ever had one. It is always about trying to maintain the right balance by saying something, which is not negative, and then turning it into an advantage by fabricating a story around it. Isn't it funny? In the end, we are not talking about our weakness but strength. It is all stupid and foolish.

  7. Esther  Strong profile image80
    Esther Strongposted 7 years ago

    you could tell them you are a workaholic.  That might go down well.

    1. Rhonda_M profile image81
      Rhonda_Mposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I guess it's all about how you "couch", get so absorbed in my work that I end up spending a lot of time on it. workaholism can also suggest poor work-life balance, so I might be careful with that one.Thanks for your comments:-)


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