The
Toughest
Interview
Question
Of
All
…And How
To
Answer
IT!
For me, one of the the toughest interview
questions of all is:
What is your
greatest
weakness?
It is not an original or particularly good
question, but one that can trip people up
So here are some
strategies
Strategy 1:
Avoid the answer
completely
Instead,
focus on the skills required
Strategy 1 Example:
“This is a difficult question to answer. Of
course, we all have certain strengths and
weaknesses. When...
Strategy 2:
Talk about minor
and irrelevant and
weaknesses
Strategy 2 Example:
For example, if you are
applying for a job as a
gardener, you might say
that you are struggling
with p...
Strategy 3:
Avoid general
statements
Strategy 3 Example:
Instead of making general
statements such as ‘I am
bossy’ you might want to
qualify this to specific
s...
Strategy 4:
Talk about past
development
success
Strategy 4 Example:
“No body is perfect. I am always
interested in keeping my skills up-
to-date and seek out constructive...
Read my latest LinkedIn
LinkedIn Influencer post
on the topic
This overview was put together by
Bernard Marr,
Founder and CEO of the Advanced Performance Institute.
Bernard Mar is a be...
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Job Interviews can be difficult, especially if the interviewer pulls out really hard questions. In this presentation Bernard Marr shares how to answer the most difficult interview question of all.

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  • Matt I totally disagree with your comments. If I am desperate for a job, and I need an income, naturally the prospective employee will lie. The person who lied could be a deacon in the church or the pastor's child. I don't know who you are preaching to, because we live in the real world! People are not honest, and there are many corrupt practices in today's culture. If you are implying that honesty is the best policy, brother you live in a fantasy world! Employers are deceitful. What do you expect from the employees?
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  • A I posted earlier, there is no tough question for anyone who goes to an interview with a clean mind. I mean one who does not want to lie about anything or for anything. 'Will you lie for the company if you are recruited?' Answer: NO! If you accept to lie for the company, then you can lie for anybody: therefore you are lying for yourself, at that very interview.
    An honest company, the only type to which one should apply for a job, will not employ you.
    Ladies and gentlemen, the days for lying and cheating are over. Only fools will try to be deceitful and roguish these days.
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  • Michael thanks for your clarification. I love your question! And yes, it does help a candidate think critically. In my experience, many employees do lie for the company. If you were to pose this question to me in the interview, I perhaps what of said: 'No.'
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  • I agree I don't have the expertise to know how it works Frederick. Why don't you take charge and inform us? Let your record speak for you.
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The Toughest Interview Question Of All ...And How To Answer It

  1. The Toughest Interview Question Of All …And How To Answer IT!
  2. For me, one of the the toughest interview questions of all is: What is your greatest weakness?
  3. It is not an original or particularly good question, but one that can trip people up So here are some strategies
  4. Strategy 1: Avoid the answer completely Instead, focus on the skills required
  5. Strategy 1 Example: “This is a difficult question to answer. Of course, we all have certain strengths and weaknesses. When I applied for this job I assessed the key skills I would need to perform well. For me, this job requires the key skills of X, Y, and Z and I feel that I have all of those. With my new role will come new responsibilities such as X, and in my previous job I have had limited opportunities to fully develop these. However, I am a fast learner and will focus on developing these areas.”
  6. Strategy 2: Talk about minor and irrelevant and weaknesses
  7. Strategy 2 Example: For example, if you are applying for a job as a gardener, you might say that you are struggling with public speaking.
  8. Strategy 3: Avoid general statements
  9. Strategy 3 Example: Instead of making general statements such as ‘I am bossy’ you might want to qualify this to specific situations along the lines of ‘When there is a lot of pressure on a project I can come across as bossy’.
  10. Strategy 4: Talk about past development success
  11. Strategy 4 Example: “No body is perfect. I am always interested in keeping my skills up- to-date and seek out constructive feedback. In my last job I noticed that my social media skills were not as good as they could have been, which made me book on a training course. Now my social media skills are so good that I help to coach others in that area in my company .”
  12. Read my latest LinkedIn LinkedIn Influencer post on the topic
  13. This overview was put together by Bernard Marr, Founder and CEO of the Advanced Performance Institute. Bernard Mar is a bestselling business author, keynote speaker, strategic performance consultant, and analytics, KPI & Big Data guru. Read Bernard’s blogs: • LinkedIn Influencer Blog • Big Data Guru Blog Connect with Bernard on: • LinkedIn • Twitter • Facebook • Google+ • YouTube • Advanced Performance Institute For more articles, white papers, case studies and much more visit the Advanced Performance Institute Knowledge Hub © 2014 Advanced Performance Institute, BWMC Ltd. All rights reserved.
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