Tough Interview Question #2 – What Do You Consider Your Greatest Weakness?
Most terrifying interview question ever! Employers expect self-awareness. They’re very well aware that we all (they themselves) have weaknesses, so the most dreaded statement you can claim is “I don’t have any.” Other answers to avoid are “I work too hard” or “I’m a perfectionist.”
So what’s another best way to answer it? A wise approach is to discuss about something that you’re working on — that you’re aware is not your sturdy ensemble and that you’ve been working to enhance it ASAP. Maybe it’s a certain technology, or contributing in meetings, or delegating.
One important aspect, if the skills set you consider a weakness is something that’s enormously significant to the job; you likely aren’t the perfect fit for the role and should move on in your search.
Tough Interview Question #3 – Tell Me About a Time When You Made a Mistake
Likewise to a weakness question, you need not claim that you never made mistakes. Employers are sharp enough to know that everyone commit mistakes from time to time. What they’re concern about is how you handle them — how you rectify them and move ahead.
While dealing with this question, you’re supposed to divide it into three parts. First, clearly illustrate the mistake you made. Don’t try and downplay it or refute blameworthiness. Tranquilly own it. Next, march them through the steps you took to correct it.
Finally, discuss as in how making that mistake taught you a lesson — maybe it resulted in changing a process or procedure, taking a colleague’s help in being a second set of eyes on something, or triple-checking an essential email prior hitting send. Whatever it is, you want to show that you’re now a better professional for it.
One note: when selecting the mistake to talk about it, it should probably be about a 5 on the scale of 1-10.