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How to Answer This Question - What's Your Greatest Weakness?



Nov 13, 2014

By Laura DeCarlo

"What's your greatest weakness?" is the question that no one ever quite knows how to prepare to answer. This single question has the power to determine in one swift blow whether you are a potential asset or a liability to a prospective employer.

Luckily, there is a solution – prepare in advance for this dreaded question and you will tame the monster!

 

How to Answer the Question

Let's take a look at what we don't ever want to say first, and why.

Never, never, never choose a weakness that demonstrates your inappropriateness for the job:

"Spelling" should never be the greatest weakness of a secretary.

"Dealing with difficult people" is not the right answer for a customer service or team-oriented position.

"Bad with math" is the wrong weakness for accounting or analyst jobs.

You get the idea...

You want to position yourself effectively within the interview and need to match positive answers with positive tone of voice and body language.

 

Answer the Real Question

Look to address the real concern behind the greatest-weakness question, which is "Can we count on you to do this job properly?"

 

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