Stan Gardner and Associates, Inc.
Stan Gardner and Associates, Inc.

Difficult Questions

In a typical interview, you should expect to be asked about for weaknesses.  You should expect this and be prepared so you can respond with confidence.  There are several strategies to consider.


Strategy #1 – The Positive Weakness

With this strategy, you are stating a weakness that can actually be viewed as a strength. For example:

Positive Weakness: I always give 110% to whatever project I’m working on, so I tend to get frustrated when other members of the team don’t pull their weight. I’m working hard to lead by example rather than express my frustration openly.


Strategy #2 – Former Weakness

With this strategy, you are stating a weakness, but then explaining that you have corrected the behavior and you have learned from the experience. Also explain how this has impacted your current work style. For example:

Former Weakness: When I started in sales, I tended to overbook appointments. Then I realized I wasn’t devoting enough time to each person. Since then, I’ve learned not to schedule more than I can handle effectively.