What to Do When You Are Weak When Asked For Weakness In A Job Conversation


Job interviews may approach the legal persecution of the 21st century in the hope that any of us will ever find them.

It is better for us to get rid of our pointless additions than to always be faced with someone who has the power to decide whether we will get the money in our bank account and feel like a useful member of the public. No pressure at that time.

So if it is not bad enough to spend hours worrying about the perfect outfit, looking at the location (100 times) and rearranging your CV for the 50th time you know you will immediately feel like you are facing a Spanish Inquisition or feel like you are 7 years old in front of the head manager (which can reduce you to spectacular crashes by just saying your name.)


How should you do well in such an environment?

How do you show that you are a good fit for the job when you can think of one wise thing to say?

And how should you go around asking random questions that companies insist on asking, such as asking about your weaknesses in a job interview?

Let’s take a look at how you can deal with those tricky questions that can leave you feeling frustrated and unable to find work in ways that you don’t need to resume.

Before you get in there
Who are they?
It is not a rocket science to know that if you are looking for a job you should do your research at that company:


What is important to them?
What is their product like?
What does their website look like?
Does it refer to people, machine statements, values, prices or charitable work?
How do they express themselves?
Taking the time to learn about the company you intend to work for means that any question that arises in your head (hopefully if you took notes and really thought about the company) what they want to know and what floats their boat, i.e. you know who they want to work with.

While anyone (mentally) works anywhere, we are all equally good in some areas than others. Some will tell you that it is good to be able to change who you are; however, in the end it can be physically, mentally and emotionally stressful and that is not good for long-term success.


Knowing who you want to work with means you can find out if you really want the job and if you don’t help it it helps you to evaluate what is important to you in your job.

Who am I?
Turn on the TV, phone or laptop and just by looking at the ad, you can find out what they are selling, how old they are, what kind of person they are targeting and where their people like to eat or travel.

Nothing happened by accident.


A strong product attracts good people. And as organizations wanting to attract the right customers they want to attract the right employees. So before you get to the interview take the time to answer the above questions for you:

What is important to you?
How is your product?
What do you look like online?
What is your mission statement, ethos, prices and help interests?
Allow yourself to be excused from all the questions you are asked. This also allows you to see why you would like to work for this company.

You have taken the time to test whether their values, beliefs, products, etc., are the same as what you want and that helps you connect whether you get the wrong answer or not.


This also means that you have prepared some of the things you want in that organization as well. Are you looking to stay in that job for the rest of your life? Do you want to learn new skills? Are you looking to become part of a larger group? Are you looking to take on the biggest challenges facing society?

Knowing this information can be very helpful because the discussion is not about being asked questions it is about being able to ask meaningful questions.

Practice the practice
Interview skills are almost the same as any other communication skills especially public speaking You need to consider what you want to get out of this communication and they also want to get out of this communication.


To do this, it is about having the right skills and the right mindset. As with public speaking or any communication where you have the authority, interview results can be detrimental to the fact that you are looking at both minds and skills set.

For example, you can have a good mood; however if you have not done your research and prepared yourself physically, you may still fail. Similarly, if you have all the right skills but do not have the right mind, you can fail. To get around this you need to be mentally prepared.

This works well for great times in life as well. Imagine moving from place to place, secretly tapping from ear to ear because you get the result you want exactly, namely:


How do you feel?
What will happen next?
What are you wearing?
Where are you?
Implant the effect on your head with all the details.

Why is this so important? Because in real life, we cannot always control what happens, but we can work to achieve the desired results. And with determination, we can ensure that we continue to walk in the right direction. The key to a conversation where you don’t really know what to ask for.


In the room
The way you behave
I know very well that so far I have not told you what to say to those difficult questions that throw you off and that is because if you find everything else right, those questions (and their answers) are not so important because at all I still have a chance to shine and impress.

When you walk into that room, you want to look like you should be there (and happy to be there) but don’t look like you’re the owner of a city. Haughtiness can cost you a lot of work and there is a good line between self-confidence and pride.

Look him in the eye. Are you the kind of person who can be served first in a full bar? Then there is the good chance that you have trouble eye contact. Eye contact is not just about the eyes, it is about your body as well. How are you? With confidence?


Do you look like a rabbit stuck in the headlights of a car? Or am I happy to be here?

This works on two levels, firstly making you look confident and secondly, making other people in the room feel more comfortable. Try changing the way you sit and act in the room and see how those around you can change as well. We feed other people.

How he breathes and how he speaks
The space in the sentence is not the same as the “Um” pause. You know the difference. One is confident and the other feels out of place.

Get acquainted (gain, obtain) with present-day techniques that you will use. As someone who has helped many people become effective public speakers, I know the importance of your breathing and that of your audience.


So get acquainted (gain, obtain) with present-day techniques that will help you to do just that.

What is their style? – Know the style of the person asking the questions.
Do they speak quickly?
Do they like to use jargon? (Or do they hate you?)
Do they speak quietly or loudly?
Are they talking about a long sentence?
Do they ask open or closed questions?
This and more gives you clues to the discussion of how you choose the interviewees and if you can naturally imitate their language, terms, vitality and print the interviewer may sound like they are building a relationship with you.


Don’t overdo it, because that can be frustrating and procrastinating!

Until the worst questions of the conversation
Think about this from the point of view of the interviewer, they should fill a position in their organization and want their business to flourish. They want to know that the person asking the questions will be able to fit in with their group, make a difference and help them achieve their goals.

Great job of accomplishing all that with a few questions. So how can they determine who the real person is? How can they find the truth in your CV and what you have researched online as the “top ten things to include in your CV”?


These questions are a combination of the boredom of asking the same question over and over again, researching what questions to ask (yes, you are not the only person being interviewed will hit search engines!) And trying to ask questions that enable them to remember that person after each answer. So let’s see what we can say:

I do not know
Ignorance of the answer is not illegal and no one knows everything. So if you don’t know the answer, the first rule is not to lie. You will be available.

Think about it now, what could be the answer to a question you don’t know that makes you look honest and interested in learning more and more talented in the areas around this story?


Preparing specific answers (aloud to hear how they sound) means you can feel more prepared. And while I am able to write the words I am going to say, they will be my words and they will not be natural to you and therefore may appear as a lie.

The key to lighting up the interview is to let you know who you really are. (If they don’t like it, it might be the wrong company, not the wrong choice!)

Don’t be a politician
Another dangerous way is by continuing to talk without answering the question. This is a burning process that can cost you points. Think about the answers you would give to that exhibit what you know about the field.


“I never had much knowledge about xxx but I had good results using xxx and it led to xxx% growth in sales so I feel I have the right skills to move to xxx”
Thinking about what you know and how it relates to the job you are seeking means that you can prepare many answers like these.

When you are working with someone who is looking to throw the audience or engage the audience with an idea you may not like (at first), you do not want to tell the audience what they are thinking, however you want to answer the negative questions in their head.

The same applies to interviews. What questions do you think might bother you if the person asking the questions asks you? How can you reduce their anxiety with prepared answers?


The proof is in the pudding
When faced with difficult questions, be prepared with examples of how you have succeeded in the past.

For example, when I first started training as a trainer many years ago, I didn’t want to tell people that I was a newly trained trainer (newcomers might sound like a teur and not a job, right?), So I directed my response to the fact that I was 1 20 in business.

Proven experience, right?

Think about your success at work and how it can be incorporated into your testimony.
Avoid excessive immersion
Although it is important to show “why you” with evidence and confidence. No one likes a big head, so remember your language.


I’m passionate about the times, so I have to pay attention to my audience and ask myself if “this kind of language makes them feel comfortable or makes me stand out for the wrong reasons.”

Feel free to say “I have increased xx% in production from the group because of this idea;” however, avoid saying “Because of my glamor, I created this program that helped the department increase production with xx.”

How does your choice of language affect the way you approach it? Are you a risk taker or an exaggerator?

Know when to keep quiet
If you dig deep with the answer it goes nowhere. Know when to stop talking.


Taking a moment to prepare for your future answers can help with this. If you are worried about not speaking or not having an answer, repeat their question to them this way: “That’s a good question, ‘what is my opinion of my ability to deal with xxx?’

Thinking is not restricted to interviews. If there is, a well-prepared answer is that you are confident in your skin and take it seriously instead of pulling out the first thing that comes to your head.

The answer to “What is your biggest weakness?”
They ask you a question that you feel can make you look bad, so how do you handle it?

Remember why they ask you these questions because they want to know who you really are. They need to know who they are hiring, so remember that they are not trying to fool you.


Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone has new things to learn. Everyone has something they wish they had treated you differently. Everyone has something to say that they regret.

Imagine a moment in your professional life that you wish you had handled differently. How can you say that it sounds like you not only saw the need to do something different but also learned something powerful?

If you want to see how this works. Listen to the radio and a trained professional answer any question so they can talk about what they want to do.


I have coached a team that seemed to end up on the radio. They knew they wouldn’t be asked to talk about their business (what they wanted to do) and it could be a conversation about something random like mince pies. I remember one member of the group saying, “this is not possible” only we changed their communication style which meant that within 2 sentences they were talking about mince pie and then they turned to talking about what the business was doing in the area. ”

It takes exercise but it can be done and it is a skill that you will not just use in conversations, you may find yourself using this in all aspects of your life.

Another skill you can copy from presenters and TV and radio executives is their ability to strike up a conversation in a respectful manner. When the interviewer wishes to hear you speak, it is important to know when to stop talking and to give the interviewer the ability to control the conversation.


The main argument of the nominees is that they want to say everything that is relevant to the issue that has been raised and they do not know when they will allow the interviewee to regain the power to negotiate.

By practicing what you say and what you want it to say, you will feel more comfortable giving away control.

Final thoughts
I heard a story years ago that the English Rugby team was playing cruelly. Then they hire a coach (not a sports coach, but a coach like me) to help the team do better.


One of the tricks they have done is that in the second half, the team will return to the field with a clean kit. This made them feel brand new and new to the game bringing a new attitude and mindset.

I can’t find any evidence for this story (and I’m always determined to confirm what I share with you). However, I can tell you that this clean kit method has worked with many customers who have found themselves making a mistake and do not want 1 error to enter a fail coupon.

To stop the drag that went wrong. Stop panicking on the climb and start as if this is the first time. It is powerful because the brain restores itself to normal.

So if you find yourself drowning in a bad answer, stop and focus on the outcome you want. And you get that new feeling of “I’m here and I’ll do my best” or “If I’m wrong about them, the
n are not suitable for me. ”


Could it be your going to a thought-provoking re-imagination?

In the end the conversation is like any other powerful connection you have in your life. It could be at work, at home, at your child’s school, your parents’ doctor, or even trying to find a plane in a foggy city.

The skills you learn to communicate powerfully can knock you out for the rest of your life. It is therefore advisable to invest some time and hone your skills.




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