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What are your weaknesses? Answering challenging questions

 |  By: Sherrie Whatton, President/CEO, Staffing Solutions

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What are your weaknesses?

This is one of the most challenging interview questions that we all tend to struggle with. What are your weaknesses? In my years as a recruiter, I have watched many candidates stumble with this question. I have heard an accountant answer this question by saying he was not detail oriented, an operations manager answer that she lacked strong communication skills and an information technology professional answer that he is not good at being a team player.

As you probably can tell, each of these candidates was not hired. Let’s face it. We all have weaknesses and we have to answer this question with some transparency. If you don’t, the interviewer will feel like you are just trying to say what you think that they want to hear and they won’t trust you.

The best approach is to give a transparent answer that is honest, but don’t choose a weakness that is a must have quality for the position. Mention an area that you have not been as successful as you would like and how you have improved or are improving in this area. They want to see that you are going to be honest with them, you are self-aware and you are taking steps to improve in your areas of weakness. 

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