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Attending interviews for a job is part and parcel of corporate life. Most of us take due care and prepare ourselves with prospective questions that will help us navigate the interview in a professional manner.
One question that stumps most interviewees is when they are asked about their biggest weakness. It is important to answer this question without getting stuck. All of us have weaknesses and there is nothing wrong in admitting about them. Unlike in other times, in a job interview it is important to answer this question in a professional manner that will establish yourself as the right candidate.
Smart candidates always turn a weakness into a strength. For example, too much attention to detail can be stated as a weakness which might be considered a strength by many organizations. You can provide examples that will strengthen your proposition.
Certain people highlight a weakness and follow it up with examples of how they have overcome the same. My friend, Mr. Om Mehta of Avant Consulting, gave me an example of how one of his team members made effective use of the exhibitions that take place in Dubai to enhance his knowledge base and overcome his lack of knowledge.
Remember, the objective during an interview is to highlight your positive traits rather than your negative ones. Highlighting this aspect portrays the candidate as a person who takes interest in his career growth.
Also remember that it is important to tackle this question in a positive manner. I have seen instances where some candidates have stated that they do not have any major weaknesses. This will never help the candidate create the right impression. The interview is the first step towards a better career and make sure you are well prepared.
• Smart candidates always turn a weakness into a strength
• Strengthen your proposition by providing various examples
• Create the right impression by highlighting your positive traits
Source: C. Sunil Roy, Special to Jobs & Careers
The writer is Senior Manager, Publilink