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What are some of your weaknesses?
We all have things we can improve on, so do not be afraid to share them. The interviewer will likely take note of these things and may even provide you with additional training or mentoring in these areas if possible to help you excel. The interviewer wants to hear that your weaknesses are not critical for the job you are applying to. Think of a couple of things you could improve upon that are not necessary for the job, and openly share them with the interviewer. You might even include some fun things that are not job-related. For example, you might state, "Painting is definitely a weakness for me! If you need someone to paint a poster, I'm probably not your guy!" The interviewer will think it's clever, and painting is not essential for a job at Lowe's.
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"Painting is definitely a weakness for me! If you need someone to paint a poster, I'm probably not your guy!"

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What are some of your weaknesses?
When tasked with a project I want the project to be completed with high standards. Unfortunately, time does not always allow for as much time to be given as I would like. Therefore in order to complete a project effectivly and correct, I use time management skills to determine what is most important to the project and what is expected and task myself with those elements.
I may be a bit of a worrier when it comes to finishing something. I like completing task, so I can move on to something else.
My strongest weakness is the way I interpret constructive criticism. I take it very well but sometimes need a better understanding of the issues that arrise.
Tunnel vision. I sometimes have to remind myself their is more going on around me than just the task at hand.
I tend to be a perfectionist, so I prefer to do things myself to be sure it is done correctly.
I still need to learn the ins and out and finer points of Genesis.
I get frustrated when not given enough time to do a good job.
To sometime work through breaks to complete the tasks I am working on.
Being to much of a perfectionist, needing to be too much of a hands on and in control of everything.
I would say my weaknesses is wanting to control everything around me. I know I need to let go of things, give direction and let people do what they need to do they way they need to do it.
I am. Extremely creative and look for ways to improve on my work processes. Sometimes new ideas are not always as effective as tried and true methods.
Trying to take on to much making my job more difficult .
My weakness would probably be that I worry to much about getting tasks completed so that I could get on to my next one.
I sometimes tend to try to close a sale too quickly when the customer is still just looking.
I tend to want to resolve all of my workload quickly and found in the past this is not the best approach, the better approach I found out was to prioritize my workload and make sure it was done thoroughly.
My biggest weakness is being to compassionate, weather it be for an employee or a customer. I care very much and take the stress on myself to take care of the issues and make everyone happy, and in doing so sometimes bringing that stress home with me which motivates me more to take care of everyone.
My biggest weakness is that I am to friendly and some people try and take advantage of me. My other weakness is that I am to caring and when something is going on at work I take the stress home with me and constantly think of ways I can solve the issue.
I care too much sometimes. I take my frustrations home with me and I need to leave them at work.
Distractions and interruptions sometimes make it hard to stay on track.
Working longer hours than necessary. Completion of jobs before required deadlines. Inpatient about getting things done in a time manner.
My weakness I would say is that I am not pushy enough. At times I tend to just let the customer say no and I leave it at that and I have been working on always trying hard for the sale.
I am a work horse. I become totally absorbed in the project. I am very detailed - sometimes to a fault.
My main weakness is I am a perfectionest and always looking for a better way of doing a project when the old tryed and true ways work just as well.
Sometimes a bit of a perfectionist that could also be a strength.
Sometimes I may over think on a problem or be too critical of myself.
Trying to make everyone happy, being too trusting.
At times I can be too trusting. I try to always believe everyone is as honest as I am.
Pride. I tend to be self focused a little bit to much.
I tend to get frustrated when things are disorganized. Things to me work more smoothly when they are organized.
I find that I am always trying to do the best job possible and time doesnt always allow it so I must prioritize.
I sometimes try to do too much, which time does not always allow me to, so I have to prioritize to make sure everything is done on time.
Sometimes I try to do to much or do to good of a job and time does not always allow that so I have to prioritize.
Time would be my weakness. My concerns to do a job at such a high level makes it hard to do every detail.
I do not like having nothing to do, ie sitting around when I know I could be doing something.
Sometimes I can get overwhelmed and I know I need to step back and take a breath. Then move forward.
We all have weaknesses but I try really hard to overcome those that I have. Sometimes I tend to talk more than I listen.
Sometimes I can get side-tracked when doing tasks, so I know I have to be extra vigilant to stay on focus. Sometimes I can get overwhelmed with complexity of task, so I have to step back and take it one step at a time.
I have the tendency to expect from others same work ethic, I expect from myself.
Filing has always plagued me, I have a system that I know but it is hard for others sometimes to follow my method. Another is tolerance for inappropriate behavior, there is no place for it in a team environment but I believe I have gotten a great deal better in handling those problems as they arrise now.
Filing has always plagued me, I have a system that I know but it is hard for others sometimes to follow my method. Another is tolerance for inappropriate behavior, there is no place for it in a team environment but I believe I have gotten a great deal better in handling those problems as they arrise now.
I like completing things on time with high standards.
Computers, but I learn fast by doing things repetitively.
I learn fast, but it takes me a couple times of hands on to get something. I do not learn by someone rattling off how to do it. I need hands on training and then I write down what I do so that I can look back at it if needed.
I can get caught up very deeply in my work, and sometimes need to step back in order to see the bigger picture. It has to do with trying to perfect things, in the end I am never satisfied because I belive there is always room for inprovement.
I ask too many questions and tend to sell more than what a customer asks for.
Being over critical of myself and sometimes being to sensitive.
Too detail oriented, I tend to go over and over things. A perfectionist.
I tend to talk very quickly and ramble on. People sometimes get frustrated because I talk to fast and occasionally skip over important things.
Spelling ,My greatest weakness is that I am not a great speller, it takes me time to remember how to spell some words.
Never learning a second language - resolved by enrolling in school.
PSE leads, Where I have worked at in the store the last 2 1/2 years, it has been really tough getting leads for the PSE program. I know what we install and I know it is free for an estimate but, I have not figured out the right time to ask about exterior project while I am working on a kitchen or selling appliances.
I often get nervous when speaking in front of large groups of people. Being a college student, I often get worried whenever somebody tells me that Iíll eventually have to speak in front of large groups in many of my classes. While this is a weakness of mine, I believe that I will get better at it as I continue to practice and grow in a team environment.
Giving a refund for something I know they used until they were done with then bring it back.
My weakness would be have many instability in my life which I find to mess up my equilibrium in my basic life. But I believe with a stable job with an opportunity of career growth and advancements I can find success in progress and never stop improving my flaws and weaknesses.
Too much information at times. shorten my answers.
One weakness would be my constant ability to be so concentrated on completing a task perfectly, so I will forget to complete other tasks within a good time frame. I like to get things done timely, but I often find myself losing track of time while working on something. I may be better suited working on 1 or 2 larger tasks than 5 or 6 smaller tasks.
I would say one of my weaknesses is assuming everyone has the same amount of commitment to a project as I do.
One of my weaknesses would be some of the product knowledge on the building supplies side, although I did have to manage the hardware and appliance Dept. When I was the only manager on, but I love to learn and feel that I am a quick learner.
One of my weakness not easily able to settle for less than perfection.
I tend too get too focus on a task that I tend too loose track of time. Also I need to finish a project if I start it.
I believe some of my weakness are brushing off my feelings after dealing with an upset customer outside of work.
Being idle and overqualufied.
Whenever I want something done right my weekness is trying to the job done alone, rather than getting someone else to help.
Family comes first... Always.
I jump into things without listening to the complete instructions.
Well I wake earlier than I need to to ensure I get to work on time and ready to go.
I am a perfectionist. I tend to take my time on a project to make sure it gets done right, but I maybe slower than others. I can also be shy person.
I can be self-conscious. I want the work I do to be professional quality and I worry about not hitting those marks consistently. This causes issues when I've been thrusted into leadership positions. Timeliness is important to me.
The weaknesses I have is that I speak to fast when in conversations at times and I have a lisp. I don't notice these things happening unless I listen to myself speak a few minutes in. From these weaknesses I molded myself to not let them overcome me and learned to push through them.
I sometimes get impatient with a customer who wants to chat about their problems. I also tend to expect coworkers to be able to do a task as well as, or better than, I can.
I sometimes get impatient with a customer who wants to chat about their problems. I also tend to expect coworkers to be able to do a task as well as, or better than, I can.
Trying to help too much I also put my heart.
I would like to bring in more leads for the company.
Some of my weakness or not able to move forward because I focus on the wrong thing thats not allowing me to move forward but have to keep going to get stronger.
We all have weaknesses. I would say one of mine is that I can't leave a project unfinished and its hard to stop and pass a project on to an associate. I'm learning that you have to in retail though.
I sometimes seek perfection when it's not necessary.