/ Asked by roshini
What are some of the best answers you've heard for the interview question related to weaknesses?
Answered by Beamer, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Hello -
Honest, direct answers that are supported by stories. For instance, "First of all, I've failed a lot. I've been able to learn how to succeed from those failures each time though. It's the only way to get better. One example of when a weakness led to a learning opportunity is when I (insert story here - a real story, not a quick example). The weakness at the time was (insert challenge) and I learned that in order to be effective, I had to turn it into a strength so here's what I did (insert evidence here). Currently, I'm working to strengthen my ability to (insert what you are working on) by (insert specific examples of what you are actively doing).
I hope this framework helps!
Answered by Charlene, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., on Thursday, September 22, 2016
This is a great question!  My favorite answers are always the most sincere and authentic ones where the last words are, "what I learned from this is...".  For example: I have always felt my best work comes when I procrastinate and therefore I have trained myself to put off projects until the last minute where I am feeling a lot of pressure and this provides me with the adreniline to produce a good project.  However, what I have learned about procrastinating is that on occassion after the project is finished I realize if I could have spent a little more time on it I could have exceeded everyone's expectations, including my own.  Therefore, now I set timelines for myself to finish projects ahead of time giving me time to proof and improve and make it my best work.  Remember, we all have things we are working on making better and are constantly striving for perfection.  Look at things you are working on and use that as an example of an opportunity and lay out the plan on how you are strategically facing it daily, to improve.  The point of this question is two fold; one to ensure your weakness is not a major requirement for the position and number two, to see if you have self awareness and are constantly looking to make yourself better.  Be genuine, this should present you with the best answer for this question, there is not one answer that fits everyone, but there is a best answer for you.  Best of Luck.  
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, September 23, 2016
There are two keys to answering this question.  One is to demonstrate that you are introspective and self-aware.  You must show that you are someone who will always take a step back and evaluate how you handled a situation versus focusing on what others did.  Second, and perhaps most important, is to show that you have learned and grown from the experience.  Therefore, your answer should not simply be about a weakness.  You should speak to how you have learned from it and are working to be a better employee because of it. 
Don't be scared or worried about this question.  We all have weaknesses and we all have failed at various points in our careers, including those who are asking you that interview question.  This is a question that is focused on your character and your ability to grow as an employee.  You should think of a real world example of when this happened to you.  Your openness and honesty about the situation will be greatly appreciated by the interviewers.
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