Your biggest weakness or flaw may seem like a horrifying subject to talk about. When you’ve landed an interview, you’ll undoubtedly be asked the question “what is your biggest flaw?” Not being prepared to answer this common question is setting yourself up for failure. Let’s face the truth; we all have flaws.
Understanding Why the Question is Asked
Interviewers ask this question because they want to know how you overcame or are overcoming this flaw. Most people are not perfect, but employers want to know about progress. Furthermore, hiring managers also want you to recognize your flaws. Not admitting to them is a red flag that you may be too good for the position.
Interviewers will also be expecting to catch you off guard; they want you to be surprised.
It’s the job of hiring managers to filter through candidates and find the best fit for their company. If you’re not prepared to give a good answer, you may just be put on the bottom of the list of potential candidates.
Now that you understand the why we will discuss how you can answer this question.
Tips to Answer Your Biggest Flaw Questions
Contact our staffing agency for more information and follow these tips to answer in a professional, non-jeopardizing manner:
- Prepare ahead of time. “What is your biggest flaw” is a question that is always asked. Be prepared to answer this question before going into an interview.
- Be honest but not jeopardizing. You must answer honestly, but you don’t want to ruin your chances of employment. If the company requires a candidate to speak to sales reps, you can’t say that you’re afraid to talk to others. Always overview the job description and never mention necessary skills as a flaw.
- Only discuss work. Never tell the interviewer that your flaw is you can’t manage money and order takeout every night. Quite frankly, no one cares. Flaws should be geared towards work only.
- Don’t make a flaw something good. “I work too hard” or “I’m too dedicated to my job” are not good answers. Everyone knows these are answers meant to avoid the question.
You can’t provide a scripted answer, but you can prepare for the question before time. Once you’ve discussed your flaw, always mention what you’ve done and may be doing to overcome your flaw and grow as a professional.
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