In some situations being a perfectionist isn’t going to get you very far, for example: the job interview. Recruiters and hiring managers have been hearing this answer for years and they want something more, something real. Even though the question may be outdated, it is still asked quite frequently during the interview process. So, you need to come up with a modern answer.

Here are 3 ideas on how to handle the “What is your biggest weakness?” question:

  1. Mention a weakness that is job-related, but won’t portray you as a poor worker or lazy. Something like time management is an easy mention that can be spun both ways.
  2. Give an example of why you cited a particular weakness. When put in context, a hiring manager will understand the why a little bit more. Using the time management example again, maybe mention a project that had challenges with deadlines or unseen circumstances.
  3. Share a “weakness in progress.” For example, maybe in the past you’ve recognized that your work life balance was out of synch. And, since then, you have made improvements and noticed positive results both at work and at home, but you are still working on it

What is your best suggestion for answering this time-honored interview question? Let us know in the comments.

Jill Kempka

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Jill loves to share information about ways to keep up with the changing world of work. She focuses on quick tips, facts and helpful lists to give job seekers tactics and advice they can immediately use.

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