When you think about this question for a moment, it is not any different than the question about what your weaknesses are. It’s a way that they want to elicit what your weaknesses are. I think the best way to address the weaknesses is not by saying things like, “I sometimes worked too hard.” Answers like that don’t work. It’s a canned answer that reveals immaturity.
Here’s a far better one than I offer in the weaknesses video.
“I think if you call my manager, what s/he would probably point to is I sometimes get down on myself and that I am a hard critic. I’ve worked hard to improve upon that and I hate making mistakes. I read. I learn. I work hard at improving and that’s great. What they think I should improve on is focusing on my strengths, rather than my weaknesses all the time.
You see, their thinking is, and I think they are right about this, is that most people have areas of their background where they are not going to get a lot better. So (using an example of myself), I don’t think I’ll ever be a mobile app developer. I just don’t have the time. I just don’t have the patience, etc.. However, I have certain strengths that other people don’t have and if I try to work on those and improve them by fractional percentages, they think that I would be extraordinary. If there is one area that I can improve upon, their thinking is that should focus on…” And then you talk about 1 or 2 of your strengths.
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