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[Video] What is your greatest weakness?

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It’s one of the most common interview questions, and one of the most difficult to answer: “What is your greatest weakness?”

It feels like a trap. If you answer honestly, you’re admitting to something that could potentially turn off an employer. If you say “I have no weaknesses. I am perfect,” the employer will know you are either a liar or totally lacking in self awareness, and dismiss you outright. You have to say something.

Bad: “I steal lunches out of the office refrigerator, have anger issues and a drug problem, and am actually quite lazy.”

Good: “I can get frustrated when the product isn’t up to my standards,” or “I could be better at coding.”

The Workopolis 180 video below will give you more insight into how to answer this question. Please send us your career questions and dilemmas at advice@workopolis.com

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  • Guest

    Dear sir
    My name is Nawas
    & I’m 30 year old,
    I have valid UAE driving licence & Kuwait driving licence with 11 year experience in Kuwait & UAE,
    I have a good level of computer skills and
    I’m able to speak, Read and Write in English well.
    I’m very good to speak Arabic
    &
    I am very energetic, efficient, trustworthy
    please give me a chance to prove myself
    Many thanks,
    with regards,
    Nawaz Ali Khan
    M:00971555579637
    skype id : nawazipad3

  • Nawaz A Khan

    Dear sir
    My name is Nawas
    & I’m 30 year old,
    I have valid UAE driving licence & Kuwait driving licence with 11 year experience in Kuwait & UAE,
    I have a good level of computer skills and
    I’m able to speak, Read and Write in English well.
    I’m very good to speak Arabic
    &
    I am very energetic, efficient, trustworthy
    please give me a chance to prove myself
    Many thanks,
    with regards,
    Nawaz Ali Khan
    M:00971555917014
    skype id : nawazipad3

  • webster Mupombwa

    What is Your Greatness Weakness?

    What about if someone answers the question on this way?

    Honestly, I have three major weaknesses. I’m a perfectionist, I’m a workaholic,
    and I am sometimes impatient with people who don’t work as hard as I do. But I’m really

    trying to improve. It’s just hard to find the time when you’re as obsessed with meeting deadlines and exceeding expectations as I am. Did I say three weaknesses? I guess I meant five. I am not such a great man that I could say i have no weakness. As a human being I make mistakes, but I developed the ability to learn from mistakes, and stop repeating them.

    What’s your opinion?