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True or False
1. A good example of the application of a transferable skill is someone who likes his job as a baker thinking about moving into a career in oven design.
True or False
2. “I don’t have many transferrable skills. I spend all day building spreadsheets and then explaining the information to coworkers."
3. When identifying transferable skills, it's important to consider: A. The level of expertise B. The amount of experience C. The ease of communicating the transferability D. All of the above
QUESTION: How do I answer the standard interview question, "What do you consider your biggest weaknesses to be?" I feel like none of my interviews are successful because I always stumble on this question.
ANSWER: This question has tripped up many an interviewee. The great news is, once you know how to answer it, you can be head and shoulders above the competition. Here are some great approaches:
One, honesty is the best policy. Before your interview, analyze the skills and strengths required for the position and come up with an honest shortcoming. But choose one which is not essential for success in that job. For example, if you are applying for an operations position, you might share that you are not particularly adept at sales, especially if that is something that you have tried earlier in your career.
Two, learn from past mistakes. Avoid talking about any current weaknesses. Instead, mention your ability to self-assess and identify weaknesses, and offer specific examples of how you found and dealt with them in the past. Did you take a course or participate in training sessions to improve on a specific skill? Did you seek out guidance from your previous boss or colleagues? Did you simply make a conscious effort to rid yourself of that weakness? Tell the interviewer what you did and the results of your actions.
Third, turn a negative into a positive. For example, you might communicate to the interviewer that because you tend to focus on the big picture, you realized that you were sometimes missing the details. Add that after realizing this, you’ve made a concentrated effort to attend to details. Share one of your accomplishments where you focused on both the big picture and the details. Be sure to include a quick statement about the positive results. Use this opportunity to turn a negative into a positive!
Is there something about your career that has you stumped?