When we start preparing for interviews we come across various interview questions to understand, however, some of the questions are quite personal and can only be answered in a personalized manner. Like, one of the most common question, ‘What are your weaknesses?’ No matter how simple and understandable this question is, people still get stuck on it and find it difficult to answer. Candidates generally get confused as to whether to say the truth or not, as they are scared that if they will openly speak about their weaknesses then the recruiter might reject them. Though, you have to always keep one thing in your mind while answering the questions in an interview that you have to only speak the truth! And, here are some tips to answer this question, in a truthful yet convincing manner:
- Make your weakness your strength
This might sound a little weird but this is very doable. You can exhibit your weaknesses as your strengths in front of the recruiter. For example, say your weakness as per you is your shy nature. Then, instead of just saying that you find it difficult to interact, you can say that you can work with more concentration alone, and you really don’t waste time chitchatting, but that comes across as being shy most of the times. You may even cover up by saying that you do interact with people you have to in order to perform your tasks, and with the ones you feel comfortable with.
- Share an experience where you changed your weakness into a positive
You might even choose to share an old experience where you overpowered your weakness to win over a tough situation. For example, say you consider your shy nature as a weakness like we discussed in the point above. Now, here, you may say that ones you gave a wonderful presentation of a project in front of a decent number of people and interacted with all of them to win that project for your team.
We all have weaknesses and that’s a part of our life. No matter how experienced we are everybody has his/her own set of flaws which we keep trying to overcome. However, you should never shy away from accepting your weakness. Instead, you should keep trying to turn your weaknesses into your powers. In fact, many job sites in India have interview grooming courses also which are targeted at teaching you these interview skills.