5. What are your weaknesses?
There are so many different ways to blow this answer and you can see some of those examples below along with the reason why you don’t ever want to give a similar answer when you get this “What are your weaknesses” question.
Bad answers include not having one, rambling on and on without a clear answer, giving a generic response, sharing too much or too many. There is a real art to answering this question correctly so your chances to get the job are improved and not decreased by your response to this frequent question.
This is one question you must carefully prepare in advance and have multiple answers ready so you can adapt depending on the specific situation or interviewer.
Put yourself in the position of being the interviewer and look at these responses below and decide if you would be favorably inclined to hire this candidate or if they just dropped a notch in your evaluation.
See 12 unique answers to this question below. Just follow each link to see what real people said. Review the rating for each answer. These real-life examples are a powerful short-cut to help you write your own answer to this frequently asked job interview question, “what are your weaknesses?”
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See Sample Answers with Ratings for What Are Your Weaknesses
- What are your weaknesses? Dana’s answer
(Who is Dana? Dana – Media Planner and Buyer with 4 years experience seeking Marketing PR Specialist role)
- What are your weaknesses? Jessica’s answer
(Who is Jessica? Jessica – Over 2 years experience in insurance industry seeking Customer Service Representative job)
- What are your weaknesses? Amy’s answer
(Who is Amy? Amy – Administrative Assistant seeking Project Manager position in Marketing Services)
- What are your weaknesses? Fabian’s answer
(Who is Fabian? Fabian – IT professional with 10 years experience seeking SQL Analyst Programmer job)
- What are your weaknesses? Don’s answer
(Who is Don? Don – MBA and International Communications Manager seeking Manager of Corporate Communications role)
- What are your weaknesses? Denise’s answer
(Who is Denise? Denise – Global Integrated Marketing Executive seeking Director of Strategy position)
- What are your weaknesses? Steven’s answer
(Who is Steven? Steven – Human Resources Professional seeking Senior Human Resources Generalist role)
- What are your weaknesses? Wendy’s answer
(Who is Wendy? Wendy – Executive and recent Chief Operating Officer seeking Controller position)
- What are your weaknesses? Leonard’s answer
(Who is Leonard? Leonard – Non-Profit Leader with 25 years experience seeking Executive Director role)
- What are your weaknesses? Allen’s answer
(Who is Allen? Allen – QA Analyst and Programmer since 1985 seeking Quality Assurance Tester job)
- What are your weaknesses? Bonnie’s answer
(Who is Bonnie? Bonnie – CPA with over 6 years experience seeking Accounting Manager position)
- What are your weaknesses? Margaret’s answer
(Who is Margaret? Margaret – Senior Level Marketing Communications Professional seeking position with University)