by Matt Alderton | August 08, 2017
If you're in the market for a new job, there's at least one thing you can count on: If you have a job interview, at some point the interviewer is going to ask you what your weaknesses are. It's the ultimate Catch 22, and every jobseeker dreads is.

"It's difficult to find a genuine weakness that makes you appear competent," says contributor Travis Bradberry. "For instance, telling your interviewer that your weakness is working so hard that you have trouble prioritizing your family life is a little too cliché and comes across as disingenuous. But telling your interviewer that you lose interest in mundane tasks (though this may be genuine) makes you an unappealing candidate as well."

So, what's the right answer?

"To answer this question perfectly, pick weaknesses that are minor and can be developed," Bradberry says. "A great tactic is to choose a past weakness that you have an awesome story about fixing. For example, if your weakness is that you have difficulty confronting people with bad news, tell your interviewer that you've learned to begin with something positive before moving into the negative. This is a perfect example because the issue is minor (interviewers won't consider it a deal-breaker), and you've shown that you're someone who can learn and seeks improvement."

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