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Are you a weak candidate?

It’s not unusual for an interviewer to ask, “What are your weaknesses?”

If you’re normal, you have weaknesses. We all do. We’re only human.

Why, some of us even have professional, or job-related weaknesses. No matter how successful you’ve been, no matter how adept you are at doing whatever it is that you do, you’re going to have a weakness or two.

So how do you deal with the job interviewer who asks, “What are your weaknesses?”

It’s not an easy question, but one that could have a critical impact on whether you land that job or not. So what to do?

Many experts advise to attempt to turn a negative into a positive. According to, “When addressing your weaknesses, draw upon examples relating to either skills/habits or personality traits… Re-read the job description for clues on what may matter most for this specific role.”

When you’re networking, ask someone what their impression would be if you said "this weakness" in response to the interviewer’s question. Another way of looking at it, how should you divulge or express "that weakness” if or when it comes up?

Regardless of how well you know that person, one has to assume a certain degree of honesty. After all, what do they have to lose? They’re not interviewing you. They’re not competing with you for that position. They have nothing to gain.

Especially if you ask several people the same question. Even if one is less than truthful, the others are likely to give you a straightforward reply.

Back to the matter at hand, this approach gives you a chance to “test” your response in a non-threatening, non-lethal environment. Armed with this information you’ll be able to answer the “weakness” question with confidence.


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