Job interviews don’t make me nervous. I don’t get worked up or anxious about them. For the most part I go into a job interview relaxed and calm. Until . . . they ask the one question that I find the hardest to answer. “What, would you say are your weakness?”
I hate this question. And, you would think that I would have the answer down pat since literally every job interview I’ve ever gone to has asked this question. I don’t. It’s always the one question I try to rehearse on the way to the interview. And, it’s the one question I stumble over every time. I mean, how do you answer that question without potentially telling the interviewer that you’re not right for the job?
Barbara B. Nixon wrote a post on her blog Public Relations Matters that incorporated a video (link provided at bottom of post) from Edelman Digital’s Phil Gomes. The video was in response to a question she has posed to him – “What’s the one question you almost always use in a job interview?”
Phil talks about the question he uses and why (What do you read?) and then, goes on to ask several other colleagues the same question. What you get is short little video with lots of great interview questions that I personally wrote down to think about for the job interviews in my future.
From the plethora of questions provided, they all aim to achieve specific objectives. These are objectives that as an interviewee, you should keep in mind.
1. Who are you?
2. What do you know about this company?
3. What’s so special about you?
(4. What are your weakness?)
From my experience, this is what potential employers want to know from you. The questions in Phil’s video seem to back this up. My question is: does anyone have suggestions for how to answer the what-are-your-weaknesses question?? Get’s me every time.