The Weakness Factor

While there is no end to the amount of preparation you can do for an interview, it always pays to deal with some of the common interview questions which tend to be a regular feature. Although there is no specific rulebook which states that you must do as we direct, having these tips can definitely turn out to be very useful.

The one question which we are going to focus on today has to be the one dealing with weakness. If you have quite a lot of experience with interviews, it is likely that you must have been questioned as to what are your weaknesses. Now, be honest and tell how well you have answered it.

This is one of the tricky questions which many applicants fail to answer properly. Let us see the ideal way of tackling it.

Why does the interviewer ask this question?

You should always try and find out the main aim of the interviewer when asking this question. If you can sense his motive, you can frame your answer in such a way that you will be able to impress your interviewer.

Let us see the possible reasons.

  • He really wants to know what your weakness is.
  • He wants to judge your honesty
  • He wants to analyze how critical you are of your own abilities
  • He wants to put you under stress and see how you behave
  • He asks this because it is another common question

Now, regardless of what his motive is behind asking this question, you can be sure that he is actually looking to judge you. So, you need to come up with an answer which is convincing, true and at the same time something which can be worked upon.

Suppose you are applying for the job of a programmer and you end up saying coding is my weakness or even Java is my weakness. This will definitely be a major setback for your interview. Why would someone hire a programmer who hates coding? Granted, there are a lot of programmers working in some of the biggest MNCs who are terrible at coding, but then again, this is not the right thing to state as a weakness.

So, how to be honest?

The key here is to list such weakness which doesn’t turn out to be a major requisite for the job you are applying to. For example, for the job profile of a programmer, you can say something along the lines of, ‘Working with decision loop is one of my weaknesses.”

Try and be specific and try to list minor weaknesses which can either be ignored or improvised. This way you will be able to stick to honesty and yet not hurt your selection chances. Also, one of the weaknesses can be neutral too like too much liking for food.

One of the key things we need to add here is that do not make the mistake of disguising strength as a weakness. Those days of trying this old formula are not going to work anymore. The interviewers are aware of those tricks too.

Telling things like “I am a workaholic and tend to prioritize my work over meeting with friends” is never a good idea. First of all, it can be used against you and secondly, your interviewer isn’t a fool and he will definitely realize that you are bluffing. Do you really want yourself to be stuck in such a situation?

So, now that you have these tips, you can decide the right ways of answering this question. Sometimes, all it takes is one right answer which can make all the difference. Remember, during the interview, you cannot afford to be negligent and you should pay heed to every single question. You never know which answer may be analyzed meticulously to decide whether or not to select you.

As the stakes are really high, you have to be sure that you are giving your best. Do not be afraid of talking about your weakness, after all, no one is expected to know everything. It is okay to have some weakness, but it is not okay to not know what they are.

You can check out the expert methods of dealing with this question by checking out the post at The Career Mastery.