“What is your biggest weakness?” This classic question is probably encountered by everyone during an interview. But most people face this problem with some incomprehensibility: How can we satisfy the interviewer without exposing their real shortcomings? In fact, as long as you understand the psychology of the interviewer, prepare in advance, answering this question is not difficult.
American career expert Lynn Taylor believes that the interviewer asks this question to confirm whether there are any reasons why you should not be admitted. Their subtext is “I still have missing information that should reject you?”
How should you deal with such problems? Ryan Kahn carefully analyzed the interviewer’s mentality of asking this question and gave corresponding countermeasures:
They want to test your character: you have to be honest, but that doesn’t mean you have to say your own shortcomings like bamboo. Also, remember to make sure that all the contacts and background materials you provide are proof of your words.
They want to make sure you are not a robot: the interviewer wants to hear deep, insightful answers. Don’t fool those old-fashioned answers, such as “My disadvantage is that it is too perfect.”
They hope that you can examine yourself carefully: your answer should send a message to the interviewer, and you have carefully and objectively assessed your strengths and weaknesses.
They want to hear that you are making up for your weaknesses: tell the interviewer the truth and explain that you are trying to overcome your shortcomings. The interviewer likes those who realize their deficiencies and work hard to improve themselves.
They want to know how you deal with the thorny problem: your answer can’t be too general, you have to think that you have seriously thought about it. Avoid such answers: “I don’t know”, or “Honestly, this question is difficult to answer. I always try my best to get things done” and don’t say anything irrelevant, such as “I like junk food too much.”
They want you to be in a mess: you have to prove that you can stay calm in the face of problems, so that they will feel that you are also at work.
They want to hear positive information: If you can add some positive energy to your answer, the effect will be good. A good answer can be like this: “I have been working hard to improve my management of priorities. I like new challenges and work with new partners. This often makes me face many different things at the same time. I used to have some troubles. Recently, I have been training my project management and the ability to handle multiple things at the same time. Now, when I receive new tasks, I am confident that I can finish the quality on time.”
They want to make sure that your shortcomings don’t affect job performance: “Read the job description carefully, don’t mention the shortcomings of the job description.” However, if the requirements in your job description are just your shortcomings, please carefully consider whether you are Really suitable for this job.