How NOT to answer the question- what is your biggest weakness?
- By using non-relevant examples. "I can't function without a coffee in the morning!" This may be true but it doesn't demonstrate how serious you are taking the job interview and you are missing the opportunity to sell yourself.
- By being too truthful. "I don't work very well in teams." You are presenting the interviewer with a problem. The company are looking for someone to make their life easier not more difficult.
How to successfully answer this question
There are two ways that you could answer this question:
- Talk about a weakness that you used to have and explain how you pro actively resolved the problem."I used to find Powerpoint a challenging tool to use so I took an online course to improve my skills and I'm now a proficient user."
- Give an example of a weakness that could be viewed as a strength. "I work well with others and like to encourage every member of a team to participate but I feel frustrated if someone isn't willing to contribute."
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