Brian had secured a great interview opportunity with a top investment firm in the country. He had gone through a few interview rounds with the company, and this was set to be his final interview.
When he entered the interview room, he forgot everything her had prepared for.
When the question, “What’s your greatest weakness?” was asked, he could not find the right words to say.
He did not get the job.
Are you prepared to discuss your weaknesses during a job interview?
It can be hard to answer the question, “What is your greatest weakness?” because it’s easy to respond in a way that comes off as dishonest (“I have no weaknesses!”) or disqualifying (“I am bad at this one skill that’s an absolute must-have for this job.”)
Preparing ahead of time for this question is a valuable use of your time before the interview. Even if you aren’t asked about your strengths and weaknesses specifically, knowing your response to this common question will give you a candid yet compelling description of what you bring to the table and how you wish to grow in the future.
There are ways to respond effectively and strategies you can use to best answer the question, so the weaknesses you mention don’t impact your chance of getting the job.
With these talking points ready, you’ll be able to confidently answer this common interview question.