Have you ever been asked, “What’s your greatest weakness?” While it might be tempting to say, “french fries!” you might want a more professional answer by the time the quarter ends. Read on for a great tip.
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Getting ready for interviews? One of the most common interview questions is, “What is your greatest weakness?” They’re not trying to trick you! Employers simply want to make sure you know what skills you can improve and that you are actively working to make that happen.
Think about something you’ve struggled with at school or in a job – for example, completing a project without a deadline. Then, talk about what you’ve done to improve on that. For example, you’ve started using Trelloto manage the to-do list. Bringing it all together, your answer might sound like, “When I first started my internship I had a hard time breaking down the big picture goals into smaller tasks. I learned about Trello and have started setting to-do’s and deadlines to keep myself on track. I’m now able to stay more organized in moving a project forward.”