How to answer “What is Your Greatest Weakness?”

How to answer “What is Your Greatest Weakness?”


[ON-SCREEN: At the Office-Boss Office]>>Boss: What is your greatest weakness?>>Interviewee: See, the great thing about
me is that I don’t have any weaknesses [ON-SCREEN: Characters freeze in background,
narrator appears in foreground]>>Narrator: We all have weaknesses and it’s
important you have a solid answer for this question. The question is a measurement of your self-awareness
and your ability and willingness to improve yourself. If answered properly it can tell them a lot
about your work ethic and the kind of person they may be hiring. And always remember, as with any interview
question, it is important to be genuine. [ON-SCREEN: Narrator disappears, Interviewee
1 gives 2nd attempt]>>Boss: What is your greatest weakness?>>Interviewee 1: My greatest weakness is
that I am a perfectionist, I just want all of my work to be perfect so sometimes projects
and tasks can take me longer than they should [ON-SCREEN: Scene Freeze, narrator appears
in foreground]>>Narrator: Did that sound sincere? This is a classic poor answer to this question. It is possible to turn a strength into a weakness
as long as it is original and genuine(!), however we do not recommend this strategy
as the interviewer probably believes that the answer is rehearsed and insincere. [ON-SCREEN: PAR Model written on board]>>Narrator: In order to successfully answer
this question, structure your answer according to the PAR model: [ON-SCREEN: P-Problem- Identify your problem,
in this case your weakness appears on board]>>Narrator: P-Problem-Identify your problem,
in this case your weakness [ON-SCREEN: A-Action-what were the actions
you took to overcome this weakness appears on board]>>Narrator: A-Action-what were the actions
you took to overcome this weakness. [ON-SCREEN: R-Result-What was the positive
result from the actions you took to overcome and fix your weakness appears on board]>>Narrator: R-Result-What was the positive
result from the actions you took to overcome and fix your weakness [ON-SCREEN: Identify your weakness appears
on board]>>Narrator: The first step is to identify
your problem, in this case your weakness. Make sure it is work related but not a particular
skill or a responsibility for the position. For example; if you are interviewing for an
Administrative Assistant position, and you feel that your typing speed is below average,
DO NOT MENTION THIS, as it is directly related to what you will be doing on a daily basis. Think of something that you honestly feel
is not your greatest strength, but is not a core responsibility of the role either. For example; a good weakness to discuss might
be a fear of public speaking. Now that we have identified our weakness,
let’s properly structure our answer [ON-SCREEN: Identify weakness disappears and
Always speak in the past tense appears on board]>>Narrator: To effectively answer this question
make sure that whatever you identify as your weakness, is something that you have also
overcome. You do not want to give the impression that
they will be hiring someone who will be bringing a known weakness to the role with them. [ON-SCREEN: New Scene-At the Office-Boss Office]>>Original Boss from Scene 1: What is your
greatest weakness?>>Second interviewee: Well, I used to have
a problem with public speaking; however, in order to overcome this I signed up for a class
in public speaking and speechwriting, as well as a course in professional development while
working towards my degree. [ON-SCREEN: Scene Pauses, Narrator appears
in foreground, speaks]>>Narrator: Hiring managers want to see that
you have the ability to learn and grow as a person, so make sure you make it clear you
HAD a weakness but took the necessary actions to overcome it, leading to Positive Results. What was the successful outcome from the actions
you took in order to overcome this weakness? Communicate the positive results your actions
produced. A great way to do this is through examples,
tell a story and SHOW them how the weakness is no longer an issue. [ON-SCREEN: Narrator disappears, scene resumes]>>Second interviewee: Well, I used to have
a problem with public speaking; however, in order to overcome this I signed up for a class
in public speaking and speechwriting, as well as a course in professional development while
working towards my degree. During my coursework I was responsible for
addressing an audience of at least 30 people on a weekly basis and quickly became comfortable
doing so. I even started volunteering to speak at team
meetings in my last position, which led people to start coming to me for leadership. I am now able to confidently give presentations
to large groups and it has also made me a more effective communicator. [ON-SCREEN: Back to Simple Layouts-Character
screen, narrator visible]>>Narrator: So remember, when addressing
this question, don’t be clever and answer with something that is really a strength,
be genuine. For this and all other interview questions
do not give an answer that comes off as canned or rehearsed
And follow the PAR model (semi-emphatic): [ON-SCREEN: PAR Model appears on board in
full]>>Narrator: P-The Problem-Clearly identify
your genuine weakness A-Your actions-Communicate the actions you
took to improve upon and overcome the weakness R-The result-Clearly state the positive outcome
that was the result of your hard work


62 thoughts on “How to answer “What is Your Greatest Weakness?”

  1. P: Introvert – social skills lacking
    A: Gain more experience with interacting with different kinds of people with different backgrounds
    R: More comfortable and confident in speaking with generally everyone

  2. well these might be the right answers, but this is the exact reason why job interviews are the dumbest shit ever. I can easily be someone who the employer wants for the job for the interview, but there's noone who can stay like that. People should show their real face, but they obviously can't if they are given these dipshit generic questions.

  3. Here's an answer I used during an interview, in case anyone might need another example.

    P: I had a sheltered childhood, so I was shy and struggled with communications.
    A: Starting with college, I volunteered to speak on panels and pushed myself to speak out during class discussion.
    R: I am more confident in terms of articulating my thought to other people and more polished with public speaking.

  4. Weakness? "My weakness is this fucking interview because no one wants to hire me because I'm suck at interview!"

  5. The question they asked is very specific "what is your greatest weakness"? not what WAS your greatest weakness. I usually turn this question against them and say "chocolate cream doughnuts" as my greatest weakness…. have a laugh… and leave them feel uncomfortable…

  6. This video is wrong! People dont use this advise. If the interviewer asks this, they want to hear your CURRENT weakness, telling them you had a weakness but overcame it, is basically telling them you have no weakness. Job interviewers appreciate HONESTY, Answering their questions honestly will show them that you will not try to manipulate them and you are trustworthy. Thats basically why they ask this question, to see how good your self reflection is. Everyone has Many weaknesses, if you are not able to cite atleast one,without talking it right like the girl in this video(about how she "overcame" it) you are deemed less trustworthy.

    My advise: Cite a weakness that seems not TOO severe and is not directly correlated to the job you are applying for. Something like:
    "Sometimes I am so sure about something that I could get irritated if people disagree, then I have to take a few deep breaths and all is fine!"
    Dont tell it with a sad face, tell it with Irony, like you are mocking yourself.

  7. Be sincere, but don't tell the truth??? Practice what you're going to say, but don't sound rehearsed. lol!!! What's your greatest weakness? "I tend to get angry and kill interviewers that ask me about my weaknesses."

  8. JOB SPEAKER YOUR VIDEOS ARE VERY HELPFUL.THERE QUICK AND TO THE POINT AND THEY HOLD MY ATTENTION. THANK YOU!

  9. Interviewer: What's your greatest weakness?
    Me: I'm too honest.
    I: I don't think that's a weakness, tho.
    M: I don't give a flying fuck what you think.

  10. Are the inverviewer really such idiots that they know you are not talking about your CURRENT but PAST weakness?

  11. Personally I think it would be more effective to show that you have the weakness, but that you're trying to resolve it in some way. Rather than acting like it is a past issue. Hence why its asking what is your greatest weakness, not what was.

  12. Ineterviewer: What is your greatest weakness?
    Guy: I'm a perfectionist, (goes on about lacking speed while being animated and engaged)
    Speaker: Did THAT sound sincere?

    Ineterviewer: What is you greatest weakness?
    Girl: (gives the most robotic answer while the interviewer is apparently staring down her inner demons)

  13. interviewer: what's your weakness?

    Me: idk, fire?

    Brief moment of awkward silence

    interviewer: get out

    Me: sorry

    true story

  14. Honestly, you don't need to look in the mirror or review what you want to say over and over. Instead literally be yourself, it's so obvious when answers to interview's questions are fake/rehearsed.
    Interviewers are honestly just trying to find a "real" person, instead of some pretentious douche bag.

  15. What if your weakness has nothing to do with the job; there for will not pose a problem at all, like playing too many video games or eating to many sweets?

  16. In the beginning, the applicant said that his greatest weakness was being a "perfectionist" so you should have focused on this and not shift to being "afraid on public speaking", so how are we going to deal with "perfectionist" using the PAR model? thanks.

  17. This is all great but when you are sat in front of them all of this information goes out of your head! I made notes now but still forget stuff!

  18. Perfectionist as a weakness just sound arrogant and full of themselves. If i were an interviewer i wouldnt want to work with someone like that

  19. Thank you for coming to see us today for the role of telephonist. What is your greatest weakness?

    I'm hard of hearing

  20. if you have overcome the weakness is it your weakness anymore? I think the question is what is your weakness, not was your weakness!

  21. I have a learning disability and always second guess myself in math… but I can't tell them that because the money is the important part. Guess I'm screwed

  22. my weakness is i get upset easily. like the last interviewer He did not hire me, im so angry I wait for Him at the parking lot and shot Him in da ass.that is my weakness sir. what do u think about it?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *