How to Answer “What are your Weaknesses” in 3 minutes – Tough Interview Questions

How to Answer “What are your Weaknesses” in 3 minutes – Tough Interview Questions


what are your weaknesses it’s probably
one of the trickiest and most problematic questions you’re going to
come across an interview and it’s one that I get asked about all the time despite it being an open-ended question
it’s forcing you to talk about yourself in a negative way however before we go into actually
answering the question you need to ask yourself one question well why are they
asking it well first need to see how you respond
and how you answer the question and secondly how you react they want to
see if you panic if you become nervous or get flustered so regardless of the content of your
answer you want to maintain the same level of confidence and poise as you
would other questions during the interview now let’s move on to answering the
question well first you need to make a short list of all your weaknesses focus
on specifics rather than general weaknesses so rather than writing “lazy” write “slow
to respond to emails” once you have your list it’s now time to
think which weaknesses has the least negative impact for the particular job
that you’re applying for also think about something which they
can empathize with so for example if you’re a software developer a weakness
you could talk about is the fact that you’re a little shy when it comes to
speaking large meetings this weakness of yours has very little impact on the core
skills that are required to do the job and at the same time gives a genuine
weakness and in this case makes it relatable so they can actually empathize with you
in a positive way another example could be a sales role think about which one of
your weaknesses we’ll have the least negative impact having worked in the sales office myself
what I find very difficult was filling in KPI’s and basic administrative
tasks again the weakness that i mentioned here
isn’t something that’s going to reduce my ability to do my job well because my
core job is to sell products and services and not administration no company is going to hire a sales
person is fantastic administration but terrible at selling in the same way that
a software developer is a terrible programmer however is fantastic at participating in
meetings once you’ve stated your weakness you can
then go on to say that you’ve identified this as a problem and that you’re
working on it so for a sales role you could say the
following I’ve been working on it and I realized
its value and I’ve learned that if I stay on top of it it will free up more
of my time to focus on sales and for a software developer you could say the following it’s
something i’m aware of and I’ve been practicing visualization techniques
prior to going into meetings and this is given me a lot of confidence and I’ve
actually improve significantly over the last year so to recap remember ensure that you
speak with the same level of confidence as you’ve been doing with the other
questions make a list of weaknesses focus on
specific weaknesses rather than general ones use the weakness in your list which
has the least negative impact for the role that you’re interviewing for
mentioned that is something you’re aware of followed by what you’re doing to improve
on that weakness

2 thoughts on “How to Answer “What are your Weaknesses” in 3 minutes – Tough Interview Questions

  • These videos are outstanding; it's surely only a matter of time until your channel takes off.

    One piece of constructive feedback: Quantity & posting regularity will help you get there faster 🙂

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