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Acknowledge a Legitimate Weakness in A Job Interview to Get Hired

Acknowledge a Legitimate Weakness in A Job Interview to Get Hired

We have written extensively here in Lifehacker India on tips and hacks to ace interviews . One of the most asked questions in any job interview is ' what are your weakness'? And every time this question is asked, most of us respond with strength in disguise. The common answers include, "I work too hard, I am a perfectionist", etc., but a clever interviewer would easily see through these answers.

Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World and Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success , points to a study where interviewers gave the highest ratings to business school applicants who were more concerned about being seen accurately than positively.

"In another study", says Grant, "Harvard researchers asked undergraduates to answer a job interview question about their weaknesses. Only 23 percent gave actual negative qualities: I procrastinate. I overreact to situations. The other 77 percent hid their weaknesses inside a humblebrag: I'm too nice. I'm too demanding when it comes to fairness. When collaborators reviewed the answers, they were 30 percent more interested in hiring the candidates who acknowledged a legitimate weakness."

By admitting your inadequacies, you show that you're self-aware enough to know your areas for improvement—and secure enough to be open about them. That you're interested in being hired for what you actually bring to the table, not what you pretend to bring.

Read about Adam Grant's post 'In a Job Interview, This Is How to Acknowledge Your Weaknesses', here .

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