What is your greatest weakness? This is a dreaded question, but if you prepare for it in advance, you will do just fine!
WHAT NOT TO DO: Use a generic weakness such as “I’m a perfectionist” or “I’m a workaholic.”
Your weakness should be something that you recently became aware of through your most recent role or the MBA program. Bringing up something from years ago will raise more questions and doubts in the interviewer’s mind.
In your response to this question, be sure to include:
- How you became aware of your weakness
- What you’re doing to manage your weakness
Starting with a bit of context as to how you became aware of your weakness strengthens your response. You are feeding belief bias; if the interviewer finds your story to be plausible, then your conclusion from it (which is the weakness) will be seen as true and authentic. This is a great way to differentiate yourself during the interview process.
Alternatively, if you jump straight to stating the weakness, the interviewer may subconsciously doubt the authenticity of your weakness, which will become a barrier to your success.
Recommended response time: 1.5 – 2 minutes