June 25, 2010, Newsletter Issue #36: Know Your Weaknesses

Tip of the Week

Everyone, even the most capable and talented individual, has weaknesses. No person is perfect, and itís with this knowledge that interviewers frequently broach the subject. Few employers expect perfection of their employees, but all appreciate the honestly and candor it takes to admit past failings.

At some point during the interview, youíll be asked to name your weaknesses. In this situation youíll do well to be forthright and candid, but also to remember that a delicate balance exists between being frank and being down on yourself.

Give consideration ahead of time to certain occasions in your professional career when you felt dissatisfied with your performance. Think of the lessons you learned, and come up with examples of the subsequent actions youíve taken to ensure those lessons werenít in vain. Communicate this sincerely. Success in an interview hinges on your ability to come across thoughtful about the past and optimistic about the future.

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