Skill Building Thursday: What’s Your Biggest Weakness? Finding the strength in it!

The interview question that gives people the most anxiety is “Tell me about your strengthens and weaknesses.” It’s more comfortable to talk about your strengths. In fact most people walk into an interview with the purpose of impressing the interviewer with what they can do best. So why do they ask you about your weaknesses?

Because being able to recognize, assess, and improve the areas where your lacking is a key skill. Lets think about how companies grow and improve. At the end of the fiscal year, they assess what they did well and what didn’t work so well. They may look at revenues, talk with clients, or request feedback from employees. Yes, its good to hear how well they performed, but they really want to know how they can improve. So why wouldn’t they expect that from their from an employee?

Knowing your areas of improvement shows that you’re actively thinking about how you can better yourself and grow with the company. Here are some tips to prepare for this question:

  • Think about areas in your life where you didn’t do something so well. It can be current or in the past.
  • Write down the steps you took to improve. Did you seek advice? Take a class? Read a book?
  • Next, write the results. Did you completely improve? Are you still working on it? What’s your progress
  • Finally write down how can you relate this experience to the job you’re applying for? How will utilize this skill at the job? Or how you can utilize those steps in the future to overcome a challenge at the company

Once you’ve written it down, make sure you practice your telling your story so that it sounds natural. Good luck!

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