During June’s first televised Conservative leadership debate in the UK, the five participating candidates were asked a question most of us have answered at some point – what is your biggest weakness? Jenny Straumers from Cirrus talks to BBC News about how best to answer the trickiest of interview questions.
What is your biggest weakness? It is the question many people dread being asked at a job interview.
So how do you answer it honestly and effectively without coming across as cliched? BBC News spoke to business psychologist Jenny Straumers from Cirrus.
“Definitely say that you are aware of your weaknesses and are working hard to address them,” advises Jenny. “Avoid platitudes. Using real-life examples demonstrates authenticity and honesty, values that most employers value very highly.
“Be specific – highlight a particular weakness and demonstrate what you’re doing about it. So for example, don’t just say that you’re working on your people skills. Talk about a particular skill that you’re developing and explain why.
“Explain how you turned your ‘weakness’ into a positive. Most employers want to see that you’re self-aware, and also that you’re constantly learning.”
© BBC News 2019