Common Job Interview Question: What are your weaknesses?



A job interview question that is almost guaranteed to be asked is the following :
What are your weaknesses ?

Usually, the interviewer will first ask you about your strengths. Most interviewees can handle the strength question easily.

But when it comes to the weaknesses question, most candidates are embarassed. You don’t want to say anything that will ruin all your job searching efforts.

Nevertheless, there is no need to be embarassed by this job interview question. Let’s turn to the Scriptures, as usual, to pick up some principles that will help us provide a good answer to this question.

Matthew 16
15 "But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?"
16 Simon Peter answered, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God."
17 Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father
in heaven.

22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. "Never, Lord!" he said. "This shall never happen to you!"
23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns."


From the text above, let’s analyze how Simon Peter might answer truthfully this common job interview question about weaknesses. In the first part, he was the only one to answer correctly about the true identity of Jesus. He got praised for it.

He displayed great confidence by answering without any hesitation while the remaining disciples were scratching their heads.

Jesus told him that he got his inspiration directly from the Holy Spirit. I guess Peter felt quite good about that appraisal.

But then, he went a little overboard with it. When the Master was explaining them what must happen later, Peter taught he knew better.

After all, he is inspired, right? He got connection with the highest possible source. He got something way above the other disciples.
So, with the same confidence, he proceeded to rebuke his master.
And the appraisal he got that time was not so good. He must have taught: Ouch!I blew it!

Now, here’s the principle you should use in your answer to the weaknesses interview question.

- First of all, avoid any answers such as `I dont know` or even worse Ì cant think of any right now`. This will show a lack of truthfulness. We all know about our strengths and weaknesses.

- But on the same time, don`t go to the other extreme and start to enumerate every bad thing you know about yourself.

- What you should do is mention a weakness that is a strength gone overboard. When asked about his strengths, Peter may say: confidence, boldness, assertiveness. And then, to the weakness question, he might reply that sometimes he gets too confident and make mistakes and say things he shouldn`t say. He can then continue to say how he corrects the damage afterwards.

You should always mention what you do to mitigate possible bad consequences of the weakness.


So, be prepared and don`t be caught by surprise when asked this common job interview question. Many candidates have stumbled upon it, but it should not be your case after what you have just learned.

I hope this will help you succeed in your job search and get the ideal job for you.



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