How To Answer “What Is Your Weakness?” (2021)

Do you have an upcoming job interview? Make sure you know how to answer the “What is your weakness” interview question! Other examples with similar answers include “What do you consider to be your weakness?“, “What is your worst trait?“, “What is that one thing you could change about yourself?

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Example Answer (With Experience)

“Well, I’ve always been an ambitious person that regularly comes up with new ideas for improving [Subject]. I have a tendency to share them right away because these ideas make me feel energized. However, what I’ve learned over the years is to be cognizant of the fact that some ideas work out and some simply don’t. So, instead of being impulsive, I try to focus more on filtering and prioritising because that will lead to greater efficiency for everyone involved.”

Example Answer (No Experience)

“Well, I kind of fit the ‘Completer Finisher’ personality from Belbin’s approach to team roles, but my greatest weakness is saying ‘no’ to requests which often results in me doing most of the work. To help myself improve in this area, I use [Software] to manage each task, visualize my workload and check whether I have the bandwidth to take on more.”

Interview Question Tips

  • Don’t use strengths in disguise such as: “I’m kind of a workaholic” or “I’m a perfectionist
  • Don’t say you don’t have a weakness or that you’ve never thought about it
  • Do mention a weakness that can be fixed, corrected or improved on