Presenting Weaknesses During an Employment Interview

PRESENTING WEAKNESSES:

In almost every interview you can expect a question relating to your weaknesses and what you are doing to overcome them. You may be asked “What did your Boss say about your weaknesses in your last performance appraisal and what have you done to correct them?”….or “In what area do you need to improve in order to become a better Manager?” In this section, we are going to demonstrate how you should respond to questions such as these during an interview. Identifying your weaknesses and what you are doing about them is up to you however. Below are some examples of how you may present a weakness.

Weakness:

I think I could do a better job with my presentation skills.

Continue by saying:

Sometimes I have not felt comfortable speaking to large groups of people or making a presentation to my peers, but I have enrolled in a speech course and have become a member of Toastmasters. I try to speak to any group I can in order to gain some experience, and I am beginning to feel much more confident in this area.

Weakness:

I sometimes don’t understand all of the accounting reports that are provided to us or sent to me periodically.

Continue by saying:

We received many different reports that I had not seen before, so I asked a friend in the Finance Department to go over them with me. My expertise is not in this area, but after getting this assistance, I have been able to relate the reports to my job, and I think I am really learning more about the accounting side of the business.

Weakness:

Sometimes I am so focused on getting something done or meeting a deadline, that I have not listened to others when they had something to tell me.

Continue by saying:

However, I finally have realized that input and information gathered at the proper time and in the right manner is a big help to me. In order to get the information I need, I am now conducting weekly meetings every Friday at 3:00. These are open meetings, roundtable discussions, and everyone has learned a great deal, including me.

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