As an interviewer I like to promote the positive so instead of asking “what is your greatest Weakness”. I would rather ask you about what you would like to improve about yourself. There are so many ways to answer this and make yourself sound professional, but also willing to improve. Everyone has something they can improve on. Time management, organization, procrastination, an actual skill, social skills, etc
- So let’s say you have an issue with time management you could answer by saying “I found I was getting behind on projects so i started using “timelines” and “to do lists” to keep me on track. Now I follow them diligently.”
- Improving a skill is always a good fall back answer, so try something like. “I have been neglecting renewing my certifications so have set myself up a “goal to do list” including renewing at least two certificates a year and looking into some new ones”.
- Social skills an issue. “Sometimes I feel when I am involved in a project I can become abrupt so i have been working on listening better to my peers questions and answering in a calmer tone.”
- Learning to delegate. “it has taken me awhile but I know I have to work on my delegation skills. In my previous position I was trying to do everything myself and I was always rushing around at the end of the job trying to finish up. Now I use my teams skills better and delegate where possible.”
Be honest about yourself. Think about where you could use some improvement, everyone can improve something, and if you can relate it to the job description even better.
Good luck job hunting
Lynne Carlson started her career off in administration, moved to Cobol Programming and for the last 14 years worked in all things recruitment. Absolutely loves social media and excited about all the new innovations appearing every day!