More Thoughts on the “What’s Your Weakness?” Question
July 13th, 2009 by lewisTweet
Having been in the recruiting industry myself for 15 years, I rarely see that question asked anymore. Why? Because people have been coached to death on it and employers know it.
- Average: These candidates probably heard the tip: “turn your weakness into a strength.” These folks are likely to say, “I’m too detail-oriented” or “I work too hard.” Most hiring managers have caught on to this gimmick. Candidates that answer this way come off as insincere.
- Above-average: These job seekers know this is a booby trap. They tiptoe through this question with a weakness that doesn’t set off any alarms. Savvy hiring managers can sniff out a safe response and will most likely give the candidate partial credit.
- Top notch: These interview candidates are the best of the best. They mention a genuine weakness because they can see a accurate reflection of themselves and have nothing to hide. They drive for continuous self-improvement, so if they haven’t addressed the weakness already, hiring managers are confident that they will.
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