/ Asked by Abiy
I am front end developer, the most difficult interview question I have ever faced so far is what is your weakness? I was wondering if any one tell me how to answer this question?
Answered by Dan, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on Monday, February 29, 2016
Great Question! “What's your greatest weakness?" is the question that no one ever quite knows how to prepare to answer. Let’s face it no one wants to admit their weakness nor does one think about their weaknesses. However, this question has the power to determine in one swift blow whether you are a potential asset or a liability to a prospective employer. With that kind of power the worst answer to this question is "I don't have any weaknesses." The employer is trying to figure out if your weakness will make it hard for you to do a good job or fit into the organization. They are also interested in how you handle a tough question like this one. So it would be better if one said, “Yes, I do have a weakness”.

When it comes to deciding what your weakness is, one should choose a weakness that is strength in disguise or an irrelevant weakness. Now the best format of answering this question would be a two-part answer. Start off with the confession of the weakness, followed by how you manage your weakness or your plan to recover. Present the weakness to the employer in way of how it will impact the employer. Regardless the weakness or how one answers this question, the ultimate goal here is to present a real weakness that does not damage your potential for the position, but also does not come across as dishonest, unrealistic, or fake. Do not forget to make some time to practice difficult answers like this with a partner until you feel comfortable so that you will sound natural and confident in the interview. Best of luck with your interview and future endeavors!
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Monday, February 29, 2016
Ahhhh yes, the old what's your weakness question.  The tried and true method of making an interview temporarily uncomfortable, unless of course you have prepped for it, which you always should.  So good on you for doing your homework.

Being prepared to answer this question should have multiple layers.  When the interviewer asks it, what are you talking about?  Keep your response contextual.  Don't introduce problematic possibilities with your answer, but do give examples of how you've turned your weakness into a viable solution to a problem or how you've managed beyond the weakness. 

Typically the driving force behind an interview is being able to see the candidate in the job. Do you have the needed skills, education, experience? Awesome!  Now, do you have the traits that fit the cultural aspects of the workplace?  Those are the intangibles that a question like "What are your weaknesses?" is aiming to answer.  Are you a person who can handle interruption, multiple priorities, loud environments?  Are you someone who seeks collaboration or a solo artist?  There are so many ways to look at how your response can steer an impression. 

You'll do great!  Best of luck!
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, March 4, 2016
This is a question that throws off many interviewees.  What I have found is effective with this question is to demonstrate two things about yourself - humility and resiliency.  Think about an experience that you had that really forced you to look within yourself and most importantly, focus on how you learned from that experience and became a better person and employee.  The interviewer will appreciate the honesty and how you put yourself out there.  They are trying to see how you operate under pressure, but more so how you have learned from difficult experiences and applied that to your personal development.  Think about it ahead of time and formulate a response that you can use for all interviews.
Answered by Kim, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Great question! Even though someone has asked you about your weaknesses, always remember to answer the question with positive information. For example, while you may not be comfortable speaking in front of large crowds, you’re great at creating presentations.  Everyone has “weaknesses” or areas they’d like to improve in, so make sure you try to turn every negative into a positive. There is always room for improvement!  Good luck.
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