What are Your Weaknesses? 5 Excellent Answers!

What are Your Weaknesses? 5 Excellent Answers!


Tell me about your weaknesses. This is a
tricky question for many candidates. Many job applicants believe the recruiter is
asking you to point out your flaws and failings. Did you know that this question
is really about highlighting three features of your personality? In this
video, I’ll show you how to identify those three features. I’ll also show you
how to use those three features to create meaningful answers to different
situations that will present your weaknesses in a positive light. Even as a
strength. I’ll also give you five sample interview answers that you can use to
adapt to your own circumstances. Hi! I’m Matt from zoodal.com, where we have a unique resume builder
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on resumes cover letters and job interviews. The question of describing
your weaknesses can come in different forms. Some of the alternatives will
allow you to respond with a demonstration of your strengths rather
than your weaknesses. No matter how the question is worded, there are three steps
to follow so you can answer this question correctly. Acknowledge the
weakness. Identify the type of situation when the weakness was made obvious. What
did you do to correct the weakness? It’s important to note that the weakness that
you select should not be masquerading as a strength. The employer wants to hear
how you’re able to identify your weaknesses and what you did to overcome
those limitations. If you identify a strength, you can’t pitch your ability to
change and adapt to overcome the weakness. Also, avoid cliches. Such as “I’m
a perfectionist” or “I work too hard” . These types of answers show no imagination,
self-awareness or preparation. Besides that, the recruiter has probably heard
that exact response from at least one other candidate today. So put some time
into giving a personalized and thoughtful answer. Let’s talk about
defining a weakness. The employer is asking you about your weaknesses in the
workplace. Your weaknesses are not based on your
personality or mannerisms. Weaknesses are those behaviors that can be removed or
improved so you can function better in the workplace. The first step is to
acknowledge that you have weaknesses. Stating that you don’t have a weakness
in an interview is a red flag to employers. Don’t do that! You’ll appear
insincere and arrogant. A well prepared job candidate will admit they have
weaknesses. However, the weakness you choose to highlight must not conflict
with the job requirements or the job description. Make sure you read the Job
Description before choosing a weakness to emphasize. For example, if you’re
applying for a job in customer service, it would be a mistake to admit you have
little patience for customers. Also, if the job requires specialist skills or
knowledge of specific software, admitting you don’t have the necessary skills is a
definite mistake. To identify your weaknesses, make a list of what you’re
not good at in your job or what you feel is lacking. Make up the list of current
and past weaknesses. Next, identify the situation when the weakness was exposed
or made obvious. It’s better to talk about how you identified the weakness
rather than say your weakness was pointed out to you by a colleague or
manager. This will show you’re self-aware and not oblivious to the mistakes you
make or the flaws you have. The ability to identify your weaknesses is a major
component of a strong answer. This is the part of the answer that most employers
are really interested in. It’s important to talk about how you made a meaningful
effort to overcome your weaknesses. Describe the steps you took to overcome
your weaknesses. This may mean you enrolled in a short
course to improve your skills. Talk about the steps you took to fix your flaws.
Such as, modifying your behavior so the weakness was not so evident or was not an issue Additionally, talk about the positive
effect that the changes had on your performance or your behavior in the
workplace. If you’ve been singled out for a commendation or received praise for the
changes you made, make sure you mention this in your answer. It will give your
answers strength. Here are some examples of an answer to the question. In
one-to-one conversations with my peers I don’t have a problem speaking my mind. I
believe that I’m quite good at interpersonal and communication skills.
However, in group meetings, I seldom speak or contribute. Although it may appear I’m
not engaged in the conversation, I’m actively listening and forming my
thoughts and opinions. My strength is actively listening,
analyzing and thinking about what’s being said so that when I do have
something to say I can bring value to the discussion. But my weakness has
always been that I’m more reserved in larger groups, where I’m not as vocal as
others. 18 months ago I joined a debating club so I can work on my weakness. This
has helped me tremendously. I now regularly contribute to discussions and
meetings. I’m still working on this skill as I believe I can further improve. In
the past, I’ve experienced difficulty delegating tasks. When I did assigned
tasks, I found myself micromanaging those
duties. This made my colleagues feel I didn’t think their skills were as good
as mine. As I knew that this was an area I needed to work on, I came up with a
system of assigning tasks to those that I knew had the right skills and
abilities. Mostly, I maintained a hands-off approach, which allowed many of
my colleagues to flourish with the added responsibilities and also develop
new skills. However, with some colleagues, I did keep a closer eye on their work
until I was sure they had the competence and skills to complete the assigned
tasks. I also make sure that I’m available for any questions at any time.
The experience, although difficult at first, made me realize the importance of
teamwork and the value of cooperation in the workplace. The end result was that
many of the projects are now greatly improved by collaborating and having
colleagues with the right skills and abilities working on their areas of
interest and expertise. I’ve always had difficulty speaking and presenting in
front of large groups. I usually avoid being the center of attention. I knew I
needed to work on that part of my skill set when I found myself actively
avoiding giving any presentations. My solution was a two-pronged attack.
Firstly, I read many books and watched many instructional videos so I could
gather the necessary knowledge to not feel nervous and appear confident when
giving speeches and presentations. When I thought I had the necessary knowledge, I
spoke to my manager and asked to be given the opportunity to make
presentations and lead meetings so I could develop the necessary skills. At
first, the presentations and speeches I made were to small groups. Over time,
after gaining greater confidence, I began to address larger and larger groups. Now
I’m almost comfortable in front of large groups. I still get nervous, but I’m able
to control my nerves as I know I have the experience and skills to lead
meetings, deliver speeches and make presentation with confidence. Confrontation,
that’s my weakness. I’ve always disliked the tension of being challenged. In the
past, I found myself compromising my ideas if I felt opposed. However, I
realized it’s important to listen and consider all sides of an idea, not just
the thoughts and suggestions from those who have the loudest voice or the more
dominant personality. Instead of dreading such situations, I now take the time to
listen, analyze and make decisions based on logic and intuition without being
confrontational or being portrayed as difficult. This does mean that from time
to time I do receive criticism for being assertive and standing by my decisions.
However, I would rather give a thoughtful response, based on reason, that may be
challenged, rather than submit to someone with a weaker idea but a louder voice. I
read on your company website that your organization has 300 employees spread
over 12 departments. My current company is a small startup of 5 employees with a
relaxed work environment. Working in a much larger environment, working set
hours, wearing a suit and tie and reporting to a manager will be a
challenge for me in the first few months as I adjust to a faster paced
environment. However, I’m sure I can rise to the challenge, as I’m looking forward
to applying my skills and expertise with your organization. Additionally, coming
from a smaller company allowed me to hone my skill set, be open to
collaborating with others and has also allowed me to be multi-skilled in
several areas and I’m sure this will be an advantage to your organization.
Remember, the question revolves around the fact that you’re not perfect, but
you are working on the shortcomings you have. Additionally, make sure you have the
answer to more than one weakness. An employer can easily follow up your
answer with “Tell me, what are some other weaknesses you have?” I hope you enjoyed
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