Look at you, you’re ready to conquer the world, you’ve got this. There’s no way the interview can go wrong. You've prepared for this; you know everything about the company. Not to mention, that new blazer you’re rocking? Classy choice. There isn’t spinach in your teeth; there are no butterflies in your stomach. You are ready to go.
You walk into the room and introduce yourself to your potential employer. The handshake goes smoothly and you take a seat. As you listen to the employer discuss the position your applying for you cant help but smile and nod along, all the while thinking how awesome you are for being such an interview pro.
But then everything comes to a screeching halt. The interviewer is staring at you blankly and you now realize that your inner monologue has been playing over their voice and you have missed the question completely. You beg their pardon and ask them to repeat themselves, but to your horror you are faced with something even worse. The ever dreaded “what is your greatest weakness?” question. Suddenly suave and prepared you has fled the building and you are now left confused and scared. But before you go home and bang your head against the wall for not having remembered to prepare for the question, know that you are not alone.
Don't worry; we’ve all been here. This question has plagued many interviews to date, and will continue to do so until employers decide to take pity on us poor unemployed souls. I would not be opposed to banning together to bring about a movement to rid the interview world of this question forever, but as pop culture and “Sweet Brown” have so eloquently reminded us all, “aint nobody got time for that”.
Instead, I will offer you advice that will help you tackle the question in the future. Never, and I repeat never, actually cite a weakness that could affect your chances of getting hired. No interviewer wants to hear about your horrible work ethic or how your friends affectionately call you 2 hour late Lucy. If you’re going to make it in the real world, your new “weaknesses” are not exactly weak. Here are a few examples that will help you:
“My biggest weakness? Well I’m a bit of a perfectionist so I like to recheck all of my work to make sure it is perfect before my deadline approaches.”
“My biggest weakness? I used to schedule things the same week that I intended on doing them, but I have since created a wonderful system of organization and time management that makes me truly efficient and productive.”
There you have it, it’s as simple as twisting one of your strengths into a weakness that you overcame. Hopefully this has helped, and the next time you find yourself faced with the question you can reply with an impressive and realistic answer. Good luck out there, the interview world can be harsh, we’re all in this together.
This blog post was written by Rachel Cole, our Campus Ambassador from the University of Central Florida.