Nobody wants to answer this question, and with good reason. Who wants to talk about their flaws, especially when trying to impress a hiring manager?
In this blog, we’ll look at why hiring managers and recruiters enjoy asking this question, as well as what they don’t want you to say.
You’re probably not being honest with the interviewer—or, more crucially, with yourself—if you claim you’re weighed down in details as a joke. A face-to-face interview allows you to show off your personality in a way that a printed resume or cover letter never could. Make it count. I can’t emphasize this enough.
Because you can almost always count on an interviewer to inquire about your flaws, take the time to prepare a thorough response that is both genuine and honest.
Here are some questions to ask yourself to figure out your flaws:
Weaknesses in Soft Skills:-
- Do my responsibilities frequently fall between the gaps?
- Do I engage in a self-defeating internal dialogue?
- Is it necessary for my manager to check in on my work situation?
- What kind of communicator are I?
- Is it possible for me to make good decisions on my own?
- Do I have faith in my abilities?
Weaknesses in a Hard Skill
- What is my competency level (1-10) ? Pro tip: evaluate yourself on each talent listed in any job offering. This could be a good location to discover a flaw and devise a strategy to address it.
- What kind of feedback do I get on my work on a regular basis?
- Is my work double-checked or proofread by someone else?
Now that you’ve identified your flaw, remember back to a time when you truly needed to overcome it—perhaps at work. Your deficiencies shouldn’t be shown as a motionless shadow in the corner, just like your CV shouldn’t be a list of unquantifiable activities and responsibilities. Consider a period when your flaws shined through, then relate the experience. Maybe it was not speaking up about an idea you had during a vital project if you are very self-critical.
Here’s how to amaze any hiring manager by identifying and explaining your limitations in a simple three-step process:-
- Reflect on your flaws in an open, question-filled manner.
- Put your flaw in the context of a true story.
- Make a strategy for targeting that flaw in your next position.