A job interview is a chance to sell yourself and show off your career strengths. It is important you tailor every answer to painting the best picture of yourself that you can. This means that even when you are asked about your weaknesses, spin the answer into a chance to share something positive.
Being asked about your weaknesses is a tricky question to answer effectively, but these tips can help:
- Don’t offer a trite cliché when asked about your weaknesses. When asked about a weakness, many people answer, “I’m too much of a perfectionist,” or “I care too much about my work,” or some other unoriginal answer. This is not the right way to answer this question. Everyone has weaknesses and your inability to recognize an actual weakness isn’t going to win you any points.
- Explain how you overcame a weakness. For example, you could explain that you struggle with tardiness… so you’ve devised a specific plan to make sure you aren’t late. Describe exactly what you’ve done to ensure you have successfully overcome this weakness so it isn’t a problem in the future.
- Use the question to show what you’ve learned. If you share an honest weakness you have overcome, you have the chance to show you are a problem-solver who can identify areas where you need to improve. This is going to be much more impressive to a hiring manager than pretending your weakness is being too perfect.
A great job interview performance is vital to getting hired, which is why it is so important to prepare answers to interview questions. However, you need to get an interview in the first place. High Profile can help you land interviews with great companies in Dallas, Fort Worth and surrounding areas. Give us a call at 972-991-7900 or contact us online to find out more about how our staffing professionals can help you.