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What are your weaknesses?

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Pick weaknesses that are not a core skill for this position. You can be candid in your answer; recognizing that you aren't great at something and acknowledging your need to improve. Be sure to have an action plan in place for improving on this weakness.

Perhaps you are watching TED talks to gain skills in a particular area, reading the latest-and-greatest book on the subject, or maybe you are taking a seminar at a nearby community center. We are all human with our weaknesses, so don't be afraid to share yours!

What are your weaknesses?
ABA Therapist

"My greatest weakness is that I am an introverted person by nature. The result is that I have a difficult time speaking up in large groups. I'm most comfortable working one on one, or in smaller groups, with my patients."

Accounts Payable Clerk

"I can sometimes be critical of my own work and get bogged down with small details. Even though my perfectionism ensures I complete the best work, sometimes I can get carried away. I have worked on finding ways to do provide the same quality of work without spending as much time being a perfectionist. I have been making a conscious effort to not be as critical of my own work and to trust my skills."

Addiction Counselor

"I have struggled with time management for awhile. I often get so immersed in what I'm doing that I lose track of time. When I work with patients, I have learned to watch the time and also let them know how much time remains, because it helps us to be more productive and make the most of our time together. I make a conscious effort to be aware and respect other people's time."

Addiction Therapist

"I feel that my leadership skills could be stronger and I am currently working to improve them."


"My primary weakness in the workplace surrounds my technical abilities. I consider myself a beginner level user in Excel, so I have decided to start a course this fall to expand on those skills."

Air Traffic Controllers

"I believe I could improve on some technical skills including Excel and PowerPoint. Currently I am at a beginner to intermediate level; however, I would be more comfortable at an advanced level. I have enrolled myself in an evening/weekend workshop for the next six weeks. We will see how stellar my skills are after that course!"

Anesthesiologist Assistant

"My weakness is being too hard on myself. Sometimes I have to remember that it's ok to ask for help and that I'll be continuously learning in this career field for the first year."


"I tend to be a people-pleaser and it has made me fall behind in my work on occasion. I'm learning my limitations and learning how to say "no" or "let me check my schedule" before I say yes to anything."

Bacteriology Technician

"A weakness of mine is public speaking. In my last feedback with my supervisor, we discussed my weakness and we are now working together to improve it. He has given me the opportunity to interact with small groups to give me the practice that I need to one day speak to large audiences."

Bank Compliance Officer

"I am a very hard-worker and sometimes find hard to stop working at the end of the day, resulting in numerous long days at the office. To improve in that area, I do my best to use lists every morning by prioritizing the work that needs to be done by the end of the day, and the following tasks that are not as urgent. Doing this significantly improves my time management skills and makes me more productive at work."

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What are your weaknesses?
Spelling, and not getting involved with customers stories.
Too critical of my own work, trusting that it is correct and move on.
If I ever get to upper manage learn to speak well in front of a crowd, Public speaking.
I really don't have any weakness because I always try to improve any faults that is brought to my attention.
I have been taking PMP course and SAS to widen my broad studying that I will benefit the company in a long-run.
I am saying truth that I am not having any weakness I can wait and control till my task is complete.
I am not having any weakness that is because I improves well.
A weekness I have that id like to improve on is public speaking and taking charge of a situation.
I can't say to coworker even I am over loaded.
I think a weakness I have that I really want to improve on is my confidence as a vet nurse, as I have only been a student I still feel like a student but once I can improve my skill I will gain confidence with experience.
Public speaking and I'm enrolled in toastmasters club.
I sometimes take on more the my fair shear of work. Sometime I find it difficult to say no even when my plate is already full. While I have often been praised for my assistance, and I expect the same level of dedication from other people. Not everyone feels the same way about work and sometimes my exceptions are too high. I have then learn on ways to improve on my weakness.
I am weak in critical thinking but I am good if I am given more time.
The one weakness I have that I want to improve is try to depend on people.
I sometimes find it hard to let go and delegate things, because I want to be certain that a job is done well I struggle to let go.
Sometimes I take on too much, or over estimate what I can achieve. At times I forget to take breaks, or look to see how I can address priorities better. I usually talk to my manager and get their insight on which ones can be rescheduled or find another soultion. I sometimes like to get things 100% right. I'm learning that if it's not critical that it's best to ocus on the Pareto law 80 - 20 Rule.
I'm working on improving my dexterity and fine motor skills.
Sometimes I can be overly critical of my own work. In the past, I have spent a good amount of time proofreading everything to ensure that it was perfect. Now I have learned to trust my instincts and not spend so much time obsessing over the little things. That may delay a project.
There is a particular skill that I would like to improve upon. That is the ability to learn the new computer programs more quickly. It seems as though when one is mastered, it is changed to another program! The importance of computer skills is very evident as our customers look for employment for in this modern world, employer are incorporating these programs into, not only how a job is done, but also how you apply for that position.
I used to spend more time than necessary on tasks, but now I've learned to be more confident in my decisions and I work more efficiently.
No degree. Working on getting my HT certification.
No degree. Working on passing my HT examination.
Me, Myself and I. There are only a few things that I can change about myself.
Overthinking. I tend to overthink problems before they arrive.
I don't have any experience of being a leader or managing peiople. I bveleive this is something I could excell at due to my good people skills.
Working long hours. Need to learn to relax.
I become impatient when My teammates don't deliver on their promises.
Usually I keep on thinking about something for long that may be be of no use later. So I think this is my weakness as I am losing my energy on the thing which may be of no use later on.
I'm trying to improve mi way of saing thinks some times I'm to straight ford and people don't like always whe the thrut is say strait.
To always remain with a positive mindset.
Being too giving of my time to others which can pull away from other priorities.
I am imporving on my short temperedness by taking things cooly and doing some breathing excersies.
My confidence. I'm not a particularly overt individual but I hope that by challenging myself with this position I can grow in confidence.
Some people would consider the fact that I have never worked in this field before as a weakness. However, being highly trainable and open minded, I have no pre-conceived notions on how to perform my job. Working with your organization will give me the opportunity to learn the job the way you want it done, not the way I believe it is done. In addition, although I have no former on-the-job experience, I do bring with me extensive hands-on training and experience which can only enhance my ability to learn extremely quickly.
I will improve German language skills to easily integrate with local colleagues.
I have to control people who are adamant.
Typing. I can type 35 words per minute but I am trying to do at least 50wpm.
When a task is urgent, I find that I would rather do it all by myself without delegating to team members to avoid delays that are caused by errors made. I however realize that by so doing, I deny my colleagues an opportunity to learn and grow in their skills as well. I try to assign ample time to a task though at times this may not be possible.
Interviews is my weakness talking in front of people.
I am too much of a perfectionist which might be detrimental for meeting deadline.
I dont have weaknesses on my job.
I have been told that I do not take constructive criticism well. However I feel I do use the information given to me by others to help improve my work.
By attending seminar and reading knowlegable material.
Build on my skills, get my BMO license.
Not knowing what to say to a patient about a chronic illness.
Learn from my mistakes and learn from others.
I improve myself by never stopping to learn. I stay up-to-date on the latest policies for my career.
I have enough clinical skills and knowledge to serve patients.
I feel that I can sometimes take work home with me. If a task is not complete it does not sit well in my mind. So I'll take the time at home to come up with a better game plan for the next day to ensure that those tasks are met:
Take notes, listen to my co-worker(s), manager, physician.

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