Share your kryptonite
Almost every interviewer would ask a candidate to share at least one weakness. This isn’t a trick question nor is it setting you up for failure, we are trying to get to know you. The answer to this question, regardless of how it’s phrased, is a key indicator to your own self-awareness and honesty.
Every interviewer would want to understand the personality of the candidate in front of them irrespective of the role they’ve applied for. As recruiters, we want to know what excites you, what motivates you and what makes you ‘tick.’ It’s also important for us to know where do you see yourself in need of support or training.
The worst answer an interviewer can hear is “I don’t have a weakness” or “I can’t think of anything.” We’re humans, we all have weaknesses. Avoid giving cliché answers turning a negative into a positive, such as “I’m a perfectionist” or “I care too much.” We’re trying to build a bridge with you, meet us halfway. For instance, you can highlight an area where you think you can improve, let us know that you’re willing to develop yourself and that you can face a challenge.
Sara Al Baroudi