How to Answer: What Is Your Biggest Weakness?

Top reasons why interviewers love this question:

  • Everyone has weaknesses. Most interviewers want to see how you identify your own and realistic plans to improve them.
  • They want to keep the applicant talking and get a general feel of the person. Sometimes the answer doesn’t really matter to interviewers.
  • Some are lazy and simply Googled “interview questions”.

#1 – Best and Safest Answer

  • I am bad atbut I’m improving it by doing y.

Example of weaknesses that you can use:

  • Public speaking.
  • Introverted.
  • Delegation skills.
  • Lack of planning and prioritization skills.
  • You can’t perform well when being micromanaged. If they’re not pleased with this answer, it’s a bad fit anyway.

Tips:

  • Pick your best weakness.
  • Pick weaknesses that are non-essential to your job.
  • For fresh graduates, you can mentioned your inexperience in certain field (can pick from job description), but you’re a fast learner and you are taking initiative to improve on it.

#2 – Creative answers

  • Prepare a card with phrase “Sometimes my over-preparedness comes across as arrogance.”. Put in the company’s logo, your name, applied position, expected salary, etc. Hand over the card slowly with a smile.
  • I don’t do office politics, which tends to get misinterpreted as aloofness.
  • Self-assessment, but I could be wrong.
  • I could arguably interview better, I’m sure you are aware.

Best for:

  • Jobs that require creativity.
  • Companies with creative and fun culture.
  • Hipster companies.

#3 – Funny Answers

  • Job interviews.
  • Mortality.
  • Chocolate.
  • Kryptonite.
  • Brevity.
  • Stairs.
  • Bullets.
  • Identifying weaknesses.
  • Answering tricky questions in interviews.
  • I tend to interview for jobs I am overqualified for.
  • I tend to procrastinate. I’ll explain further some other time.
  • Singing, but I promise if I work here I won’t sing, so it’s all good.

Best when:

  • The interview went great.
  • Interviewer seems to have a sense of humour.

#4 – Answers if you don’t want to get hired

  • Unemployment.
  • Honesty.
  • I lie at interviews.
  • Answering stupid questions sincerely.
  • Impatient with stupid interview questions.

Best when:

  • Interviewer seems to be a jerk.
  • You just want to get outta here.

Try to answer with the meanest tone possible in case your interviewer thought your answer is genius.

#5 – Cliche Answers

  • I’m a perfectionist.
  • I work too hard.
  • I care too much.
Advertisement

Facebook Conversations

At least I’m not an annoying pop-up

If you like our posts, you should give our email list a try. We'll only send you email when new article comes out. We hate spam as much as you do!