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It’s a question that’s been around for a long time which we still struggle to answer. And most often, we tend to respond with “I care too much” or “I work too hard.” Although these may sound like ideal answers on the surface, they do come across as generic. But with a bit more detail and authenticity in your responses, you may, in fact, improve your chances of landing the role.

Firstly, when a candidate says, “I work too hard”, – it will almost always come across as generic or a “cop-out” answer. It comes across as either you’re unprepared, timid or even strategic. Before the interview, aim to reflect on your own shortcomings and think of an honest yet professional manner to address this. Approaching this question with an avoidant answer will only create doubt
in the interviewer’s mind.

‘Being vulnerable and addressing your genuine weaknesses can be quite daunting in front of a prospective employer.‘

This is why being prepared to communicate actionable steps you are taking, or will be taking, to counter your weakness is an ideal part of the response. On top of this,
it is valuable to provide a small example of when you have applied these steps to fight your weakness and how you grew from it. Your interviewer will see that you’re not only authentic with your flaws but have a plan to grow from them and improve your position.
While it’s fine to be thorough with this question, it’s also recommended not to focus too intensely on it and keep your response brief. The key takeaway is to highlight an authentic flaw, describe steps to overcome it and highlight a moment you’ve applied them successfully. Once you’ve done this, you’re ready to move on to talking about your strengths.

Examples

A – “I have trouble asking for help as I don’t want to be perceived as incapable of doing my job incorrectly. However, I realise everyone needs assistance with heavier workloads. So I’m taking steps to realistically determine my workload expectations each day, allowing me to ask for help when tasks fall beyond my daily workload.
I’ve previously applied this strategy, become more open to requesting help, and feel less stressed about heavy workloads.”

B – “I have trouble delegating tasks within a project as I often find relinquishing control of tasks difficult. However, I’m working on this by communicating with teammates frequently to present my vision for projects and listening to theirs. Since I’ve done this, I’ve trusted others and their vision more and find delegating tasks easier.”

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