During a job interview, you devote all your energy to presenting yourself in the best light and excelling in self-marketing, but sooner or later the time comes to reveal your weaknesses. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for the killer question!
“The first rule: to be credible, be true,” says Ginette Desforges, a partner at BrioRH, a human resources management firm. We avoid the ready-made answer and formulas such as: You should ask my wife or I don’t really have one! When you’re insincere, the non-verbal speaks much more than you think, especially in stressful situations. Also, denying our weaknesses can show a lack of preparation for the interview and a flagrant lack of self-knowledge. “Whether it’s to answer this question or any other, it’s essential to know yourself well and take the time to look back on your career path,” adds Ginette Desforges.
Analyze the job offer
The details of the job offer or the job description on the Emploi Québec website, in the case of the hidden market, allow us to draw a parallel between our strengths and weaknesses and the employer’s needs. The qualities essential to the job can give us clues as to which weaknesses to reveal and which ones to keep to ourselves, so as not to devalue ourselves.
Put in context
Once we have chosen our trait to improve, “the boots must follow the whisker pads! “says Ginette Desforges, who has more than 20 years of experience in the field. It is strongly recommended that you give concrete examples related to your professional life. It’s all about how you express your weakness. It’s better to give a clear and concise explanation so that the recruiter doesn’t imagine the worst and thus avoid spending half the interview on this aspect of us. Ideally, we opt for a minor and correctable imperfection that we have already worked on, and not a well-entrenched defect. “This is the time to demonstrate the actions we’ve taken to improve and find a solution,” she says.
For example: I have a hard time when I am facilitating a meeting and sometimes I go over schedule. I’m making efforts to become more structured and I think I’ve improved a lot in the last year.
Do not underestimate the practice
We avoid looking for an answer at the last minute in the employer’s waiting room. Whether you’re practicing with a friend or in front of the mirror, the important thing is to say your line out loud and polish it if necessary.
“You have to keep in mind that this question is asked above all to open the discussion, to exchange with the candidate and to go further than what is written on the CV,” says Ginette Desforges. The answer has a real impact on the personality analysis and also makes it possible to see the role the candidate would play within the existing team. It is therefore better to avoid being surprised by the question and instead use it to your advantage!