Do you know how to answer what are your weaknesses?  You do not need to highlight a long list of weaknesses. Let’s find your TOP 3 WEAKNESSES together below!


What are your Weaknesses?

Let’s turn the most feared interview question into your most anticipated.  It’s not a matter of if they will ask what are your weaknesses, but when they will ask the question.  This question allows you to highlight your problem solving strengths and self-awareness.

DO NOT AVOID THE QUESTION.  Employers will appreciate your honesty and integrity.  If you try to avoid the question the interview may end before you get a second chance.  Take this time to show your human.

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You only need to have 1 or 2 answers available.  These answers only need to highlight one weakness so do not give a long list of weaknesses.

Below is a list of weaknesses.  Find a few that you have been working on recently.  Notice I said “ones you have been working on recently”.  In the blog post on What are your Weaknesses? Best How-To Answer Guide I outline how to focus on the improvements you have made.

Step 1 is showing self-awareness of your weaknesses.  Step 2 is showing how you have used your problem solving strengths to make improvements.

Focusing on your weaknesses in this fashion will show your future employer you can adapt and grow personally and professionally.


List of Weaknesses

The first step is to identify your TOP 3 WEAKNESSES.  Doing this for both your strengths and weaknesses is important.  Knowing your responses ahead of time will provide you an edge up on your fellow interviewees.

  • Not taking criticism well
  • Impatient
  • Lazy
  • Easily bored
  • Procrastinate
  • Persistent
  • Takes things personally
  • Strong willed
  • Passive
  • Does not like conflict
  • Shy
  • Lethargic
  • Long-term planning
  • Strict
  • Short-sighted
  • Selfish
  • Focusing on small details
  • Takes blame for others
  • Being straight forward
  • Greedy
  • Delegating tasks
  • Needs to be right
  • Stubborn
  • Multitasking
  • Allows emotions to show
  • Blunt
  • Presenting
  • Impulsive
  • Bossy
  • Takes on to much
  • Follow-ups
  • Aggressive
  • Likes to take risks
  • Critical of others
  • Passive
  • Works to much
  • Perfectionist
  • Fearful
  • Self critic
  • Trouble with teams
  • Close-minded
  • Unorganized
  • Does not like pressure

Top 3 Weaknesses

Knowing your list of weaknesses is great, but understanding how to communicate them in an interview is different.  As mentioned above, do not avoid the question.

Choosing 3 weaknesses you have made improvements in the last few months provides a base.  From there explore how you can relate your improvements to the specific job you are applying for.  For more details on how to answers click here.

You can find a complete guide to My Strengths and Weaknesses here.  We also have a List of Strengths post that you may find helpful.


What are your weaknesses?  Comment below with 3 weaknesses you have improved in the last few months that may or may not be in the lists above.  This will help others see different possibilities.