Tip: How to answer the dreaded 'what is your weakness' job interview question

Job interviews can be daunting for some with trying to maintaining composure and sell your capabilities simultaneously to your possible future employer.

Now imagine having to honestly respond to a question that may make or break your chances of securing job?

How do you answer a question such as 'what are your weaknesses' without risking it all?

Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, CEO at Jack Hammer Executive Headhunters explains how.

What are your weaknesses, what are your strengths are questions that are predictable and likely to come up with every interview you do.

Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, CEO at Jack Hammer Executive Headhunters

Also read: South Africans taking up two jobs to make ends meet

Goodman-Bhyat says the real issue to examine is why recruiters ask these questions to begin with. It is to determine a prospect employers self-awareness. Unfortunately, what people do, without wanting to look bad, is turn their weaknesses into strengths says Goodman-Bhyat.

Those rehearsed cliches don't position one as an authentic or self-aware candidate.

Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, CEO at Jack Hammer Executive Headhunters

At the end of it, it's less about the answer and more about whether someone delivers it in a way that comes across as authentic explains Goodman-Bhyat.

Goodman-Bhyat advises to never air dirty laundry in your responses but rather raise something that's real and support it with an example where you have addressed and dealt with your weakness.

For more tips listen to the clip:


This article first appeared on 702 : Tip: How to answer the dreaded 'what is your weakness' job interview question


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