How to answer this tough job interview question

Explain your greatest weakness without hurting your chances

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Q. I’m job hunting and am dreading the question that a lot of employers ask, “What is your greatest weakness?” How do I answer this question honestly without ruining my chances of getting hired?

A. The key to giving a good answer to this question is to focus on what you bring to the table and what you hope to learn from the company. Initiative is a valuable asset to employers and you need to show that you have it. If you show a prospective employer that you have the desire to learn as well as that you have a strong work ethic, you can win a spot on the team even if you don’t have all the credentials at the beginning.

It’s important not to confuse a ‘weakness’ with being weak. For instance, you may not be brilliant at Excel spreadsheets for instance, but that doesn’t make you a ‘weak’ person, employee or candidate for the job. In fact, it can be helpful for an employer to know what you aren’t strong at so they can give you appropriate mentorship.

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Caird Urquhart is a MoneySense columnist and founder of New Road Coaching in Toronto.

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