There are many articles you can find about answer the job interview question, “What is your greatest weakness?” There are few that will break it down like we have in this episode. Answering this question could make a difference in how you’re perceived, and whether an employer likes you enough to hire you.
My guest today offers a unique view of how to answer this job interview question. Chris Fields (@new_resource) is the founder of Resume Crusade and Cost of Work. He owns a Masters in Labor Human Resources (MLHR) and writes for several other sites. He has been quoted in Mashable, Oprah.com, and Monster.com.
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Here are a few of the highlights of our discussion:
- Employers desire honesty in the question. A big turn off is stating that you avoid or redirect the question
- This also helps the interviewer understand where you’re coming from
- Think about the job interview as a conversation, not what’s at stake. It matters who you are and if they like you
- The “weakness” question is an opportunity. The interviewer will think, “Can I have a conversation with this person?” “Can I relate to him or her?”
- By answering the “weakness” question will help your strengths will shine
- Your career narrative must be simple, make sense, and resonate to impress. Transparent is fine, but too much is messy and a turn-off
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