In the next couple of issues More have given us a heads up on Awkward interview questions This week: ‘What are you weaknesses?’
Tony Wilmot of staffbay.com explains how to handle that curveball…
WHY DO THEY ASK IT?
They’re trying to find out how honest you are and how you view yourself. They want to know you aren’t full of yourself.
HOW DO YOU ANSWER?
It doesn’t really matter what you say your weaknesses are, it’s how you explain them that matters. Don’t just rattle off a list of things you aren’t feeling confident about. Think about marking your skills out of 10. For example, you could say, ‘I’d give myself nine out of ten for being team player, but I’m a seven out of 10 for getting out of bed on time.’ You should then say how you’re trying to improve things, such as that you set three alarm clocks instead of one to ensure you’re always in work on time. Make sure you explain how you plan to get better at the thing you mention and you’re on to a winner. NEVER, EVER SAY: ‘I don’t have any weaknesses’. The interviewer will know you’re lying and it will make you appear overconfident – and that really is a weakness.
(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article ‘Spotlight on primary teaching’ in Issue 25th February 2013, I did not write this!)
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