What’s Your Greatest Weakness?

Contrary to popular belief, you do want to give a real weakness instead of a “fake” weakness. However, you must frame it in a way that shows you have a strong awareness about this weakness, and have made significant steps to improve.

Try to avoid cheesy weaknesses like “work too hard.” Weaknesses like “focus too much on the details, lose sight of the bigger picture”, “need to be more thoughtful about when to speak up and when not to”, “learning how to prioritize the right kind of work” etc. are some examples of real weaknesses that also aren’t a deal breaker since they’re easily fixable.

Avoid red flag weaknesses like “lose motivation sometimes”, “lack attention to detail”, etc. since motivation and attention to detail are core elements of the job. Then tell a story about how you improved it, especially if it’s related to work or school.