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What are your weaknesses?

This question has been answered 108 times by professional recruiters and hiring managers. View their answers below.

Advice
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!

ABA Therapist answer example
"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 answer example
"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 answer example
"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 answer example
"I feel that my leadership skills could be stronger and I am currently working to improve them."
Admin answer example
"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 answer example
"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 answer example
"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."
Bacteriologist answer example
"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 answer example
"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 answer example
"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."
Basic answer example
"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 I complete that course!"
Building Inspector answer example
"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 of that course!"
Camp Counselor answer example
"You can make a choice to give a weakness that is really a strength, or give an honest weakness.. Personally, we prefer an honest weakness. Everyone can see through a weakness that is really a strength, and it just comes off phony. Now, go easy on yourself, tell them during your studies, you have trouble focusing at times and enjoy taking breaks outside. That is just an easy example, you should be able to come up with one or two before your interview."
Cardiovascular Technologist answer example
"Don't be confused by this question and answer it with something not work related. The interviewer isn't interested in hearing about your weakness for chocolate cake or weakness for cuddling cute puppies. The interviewer wants to know about a weakness you have when it comes to being a Cardiovascular Technologist. Is your weakness public speaking? Allowing others to take on a lead role? Being too hard on yourself? Whatever your weakness is, own it and end your answer with how you are working on making it one of your strengths. "
Civil Engineering Technician answer example
"I believe my greatest weakness is that it is hard for me to stop working when there is more to do. I am very focused in my work and wish to complete all tasks by the end of each day. However, it isn't always possible to do so. To improve in that area, I do my best to prioritize and use daily to-do lists to keep track of my duties so that I can get to work as soon as I get to the office in the morning."
Clinical Laboratory Technician answer example
"Early in my career, I realized that I sometimes take on too many projects because I'm afraid to say "no". I have learned that being clear in my communication with my supervisor allows me to talk through all of the projects on my plate and prioritize them accordingly."
Concierge answer example
"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!"
Customer Experience Specialist answer example
"Many interviewees stumble on this question. It can be difficult so make sure you think about your weaknesses prior to going into any interview. Be sure to focus on a professional weakness – do not include any personal qualities. The weakness should also be something minor, nothing that can be harmful to you doing your job well. For the second part of the question, explain specific things you are doing to improve on this weakness. Further describe how it has helped you grow. "
Dispatcher answer example
"I believe I could improve on some technical skills including Excel. 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!"
Elementary Teacher answer example
"To be very honest with you, I'm not great at administrative work. That's why I've gotten very good at making systems to organize my paperwork. I have checklists and step-by-step instructions for myself so that I don't waste time trying to remember what I have to do next. In fact, I teach my parents about this system sometimes."
Fashion Designer answer example
"I am a very hard-worker and 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 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."
FBI answer example
"Preparing for this question requires a little bit of self-awareness and strategy. Focus on a weakness that you could possibly turn into a strength or share something you are taking action to improve. Being a people-pleaser or a perfectionist are great examples of potential strengths depending on how you talk about them. "I tend to be a people-pleaser and it has gotten me in trouble when I take on more than I can handle. I'm learning my limitations and learning how to say "no" or "let me check my schedule" before I say yes to anything." This example goes from talking about a weakness to showing how it has helped create awareness and an ability to set boundaries. Always share what you are learning or have learned from your weakness. This shows your interviewer that you are adaptable and willing to grow."
Health Information Technician answer example
"I’ve never been very comfortable with public speaking. Realizing this was a problem, I asked my previous employer if I could work the front desk to increase the interaction I would have with patients. Since then, my public speaking has improved, I've learned my job even better and my customer service skills are always improving."
Home Health Aide answer example
"I feel that my biggest weakness is in my ability to lift and transfer heavier patients. My current supervisor and I have come up with a plan where I am going to become more physically active and also wear a back brace in order to support me while transferring patients."
Host or Hostess answer example
"To successfully answer this question, you will need to be strategic! First, think of an area where you can improve. For example, maybe you could do a better job of taking initiative to solve problems before they become an issue. Your self-awareness is already a strength! Your insight that you need to grow in this area shows the interviewer that you know you have room for improvement and that you have a desire to grow. Now, think about how you can explain what you're doing to improve. Paying closer attention to detail and noticing body language are two ways you can be more perceptive. Solving problems before they start takes a lot of observation and awareness. Talk about how you are working to improve!"
Junior Accountant answer example
"We all have weaknesses, and it is okay to share yours! Pick a weakness to share that is not a priority for a junior accountant. Common answers might be: - Having to negotiate a sale...like when buying a new car. I would prefer to just be given the best price first! - Hosting company at my house. It stresses me out! - Giving a speech in front of a large crowd of people. - Being afraid of trying adventurous things such as bungee jumping, sky diving, or riding the latest roller coaster. Simply share a couple of your weaknesses with the interviewer."
Kindergarten Teacher answer example
"As a Type A personality that is strongly deadline driven, I have to manage my stress levels and take proactive measures to do so through personal care and exercise that helps center me for success each day."
Kitchen Manager answer example
"I believe I could improve on some technical skills including Excel for tasks that require advanced spreadsheet tracking. 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!"
Legal Assistants answer example
"I have been told many times that my greatest strength is my ability to time-manage. This means that I consistently meet my deadlines and am able to deliver when I need to. The aspect I am working to improve would be my detailed documentation. I have been working on improving my notes so that anyone could pick up my files and fully understand where I was at, in my work."
Line Cook answer example
"I tend to be a people-pleaser and it has gotten me in trouble when I take on more than I can handle. I'm learning my limitations and learning how to say 'no' or 'let me check my schedule' before I say yes to anything."
Loan Officer answer example
"We all have weaknesses, and it is okay to share them! The interviewer may even ensure you receive additional training in these areas to help you be more successful in your career. Pick 1-2 weaknesses that you have that are not primary parts of the loan officer role, and share them with the interviewer. For example, you might share that grammar is not your gift, and people have told you that you do not need to use so many commas in your writing. "
Manager answer example
"Everyone has weaknesses. I tend to be too nice sometimes. When vendors are not fulfilling their requirements, I tend to believe there must be a logical and understandable reason. I have to remind myself that we are paying for a service and they must meet our expectations."
Massage Therapist answer example
"Pick one of your weaknesses that is not a necessity for the role. Be candid and humble in your answer recognizing that you really aren't great at something and acknowledging your need to improve. Be sure you have an action plan in place for improving on this weakness too. Perhaps you are watching TED Talks about the weakness, reading the latest-and-greatest book on the subject, or maybe you are taking a seminar at a nearby community center in the near future. We are all human and all have weaknesses, so don't be afraid to share yours!"
Math Teacher answer example
"My biggest weakness is probably impatience. I tend to get frustrated with students sometimes when I'm explaining a concept or if they don't understand what they missed on a math problem. But over the years I've learned to get more creative and be persistent with helping them figure out the missing pieces. I realized that sometimes we're not able to meet our teaching goal for the day but it's possible they'll get a better picture of the concept next week after they've learned other parts of it."
Medical Assistant answer example
"Are you aware of your weaknesses? Interviewers understand that we have weaknesses, and they want to hear that you understand yourself. Think of an area of your life that you are proactively working to improve, and openly share it. Perhaps your weakness is that you get nervous speaking in front of large groups of people. The key to this question is ensuring that you acknowledge your weakness and that you are taking steps to grow in this area. It shows the interviewer that you have initiative. Think about ways you have stretched yourself to grow in your area of weakness. Did you sign up to speak at a conference to give yourself the opportunity to develop your public speaking skills? Tell the interviewewr what you are doing to improve and grow."
Medical Receptionist answer example
"My greatest weakness as a Medical Receptionist is being able to say no. I always want to help but I've found that its a great way to put too much on my plate. I'm working on saying no to helping at that moment but offering to help once I've completed my own tasks."
Mental Health Counselor answer example
"Public speaking is a weakness of mine. I've recently signed up to speak at a conference to give myself the opportunity to develop your public speaking skills. It was nervewracking but I accomplished it and am looking forward to more opportunities."
Microbiologist answer example
"My weakness is public speaking. I've recently started teaching 2 nights a week at our local community college to improve my techniques and overcome my anxiety. I've been teaching for two months and it has helped me immensley."
Millwright answer example
"One of the areas that I would like to improve on would be my technical knowledge when it comes to portable gas heating equipment. I have found a member of my current team who is an expert in the topic and he has agreed to give me additional training on the job."
Model answer example
"My greatest weakness, as a model, is my critical nature. I am a perfectionist and often require perfection from my shoots. I feel while this may not be considered a negative, personally, sometimes I struggle if I see flaws in a photograph that perhaps another person loves. This is sometimes difficult to adjust to, although I always tell myself that everyone has differing opinions that I can learn from."
Mortgage Loan Processor answer example
"One weakness I find coming up for me is within my Excel skills. I do not have strong skills in v-lookups and pivot tables. For this reason, I have enrolled in an Excel course that begins next week."
Newspaper Delivery Driver answer example
"My greatest weakness is that I enjoy working independently and often struggle being comfortable vocalizing myself in groups. However, I constantly work to improve my communication skills and someday hope to work in a group-like setting."
Newspaper Editor answer example
"To be honest, I'm not very good at editing punctuation. I tend to focus on the content, the structure and flow of the narrative. So I'm actually working on my attention to detail for punctuation. Even in my spare time, whenever I read anything, I have the Style Manual in front of me and I look at whether it conforms. If it doesn't, I look up how it ought to look."
Occupational Therapist answer example
"I've noticed that I could really improve upon the time it takes for me to complete patient assessments and fill out patient information. I am a perfectionist so sometimes I take too much time on details. While I know the details are important, I am practicing moving more quickly through these routines."
Patient Services Coordinator answer example
"My weakness is public speaking. To overcome this challenge I take every opportunity I can to speak in front of people regardless of how large the audience. Practice makes perfect."
Pharmacy Technician answer example
"Sometimes I move too quickly when completing a project under a deadline, and that's when I make mistakes. I have learned to slow down and plan out how I will use my time, setting benchmarks along the way so that I can check in to gauge my status on the project and see how far I am from reaching my goal."
Phlebotomist answer example
" “I know that public speaking is the number one phobia for most people, and I’d say that’s the main area I’d like to work on, especially as I know it’s part of the job description for this role."
Physical Therapist Assistant answer example
"My greatest weakness as a Physical Therapist Assistant is being able to say no. I always want to help but I've found that its a great way to put too much on my plate. I'm working on saying no to helping at that moment but offering to help once I've completed my own tasks."
Power Plant Operator answer example
"I feel that my greatest weakness is in my advanced skills within Excel. I have attended an Excel for beginners course and have registered for the Intermediate Skills level course which begins this May."
Preschool Director answer example
"Pick one of your weaknesses that is not a necessity for the role. Be candid and humble in your answer recognizing that you really aren't great at something and acknowledging your need to improve. Be sure you have an action plan in place for improving on this weakness too. Perhaps you are watching TED Talks about the weakness, reading the latest-and-greatest book on the subject, or maybe you are taking a seminar at a nearby community center in the near future. We are all human and all have weaknesses, so don't be afraid to share yours! "
Private Tutor answer example
"Pick one of your weaknesses that is not a necessity for the role. Be candid and humble in your answer recognizing that you really aren't great at something and acknowledging your need to improve. Be sure you have an action plan in place for improving on this weakness too. Perhaps you are watching TED Talks about the weakness, reading the latest-and-greatest book on the subject, or maybe you are taking a seminar at a nearby community center in the near future. We are all human and all have weaknesses, so don't be afraid to share yours!"
Project Accountant answer example
"I am sometimes overly independent and incredibly meticulous as I am used to completing projects on my own instead of delegating them, to complete them in a quicker fashion. But I came to realize that I am working as part of a team of highly educated individuals who are as capable as I am and whose perspective can be greatly valuable. As such, I try to seek my colleagues' input as much as possible as we are all working to benefit the company."
Proofreaders and Copy Markers answer example
"I am a very hard-worker and 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 did my best to do 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 improved my time management skills and made me more productive at work."
Psychiatric Technicians answer example
": "I feel that my management skills could be stronger, and I am constantly working to improve them."
Psychiatrist answer example
"I've been told one of my weaknesses is that I have a tendency to over-communicate with my co-workers. I'm working on spending more time working toward a solution than discussing a plan."
Quality Control Manager answer example
"In my performance reviews with my previous manager, one of the things we discussed was for me to strengthen my knowledge in Excel. I have since enrolled in a night course which will be complete mid-September."
Radiologic Technologist answer example
"Sometimes I move too quickly when completing a project under a deadline, and that's when I make mistakes. I have learned to slow down and plan out how I will use my time, setting benchmarks along the way so that I can check in to gauge my status on the project and see how far I am from reaching my goal."
Ramp Agent answer example
"I believe my greatest weakness is that it is sometimes hard for me to stop working when there is more to do. I am very focused in my work and wish to complete all tasks by the end of each day. However, it isn't always possible to do so. This is why I now use daily to-do lists to keep track of my duties so that I can get to work as soon as I get to the office in the morning."
Reading Teacher answer example
"I would say my greatest area for improvement would be prioritization. I feel because of the nature of my work that absolutely everything is a top priority. Over the years I have become much better at placing certain projects on the back burner while focusing on the task at hand. It's been very helpful. I have also started using an online project software to keep track of deadlines. This has helped me to prioritize."
Real Estate Receptionist answer example
"I am sometimes overly independent and incredibly meticulous as I am used to completing projects on my own instead of delegating them, to complete them in a quicker fashion. But throughout my career, I have come to realize that I am working as part of a team of professionals who are as capable as I am and whose perspective can be greatly valuable. As such, I try to seek my colleagues' input as much as possible as we are all working to benefit the company."
Recreational Therapists answer example
"It can be difficult to know which weakness to share. Maybe it's not the best time to talk about your communication challenges with your partner or how you need to work on your golf game. Instead, focus on your professional life. Talk about a skill or quality that you are proactively working to improve. You can talk about how you are a perfectionist, often getting caught up in the tiny details that can cause you to have difficulty finishing projects on time. Now you set alarms throughout the day to remind to keep you on task and remind yourself of deadlines. You might also allow others to proof your work so that you don't get too stuck in the details. You could also talk about a skill, like multi-tasking, quickly changing gears between tasks. Before your interview, practice by writing down three examples of weaknesses so that you can answer this question with confidence!"
Residential Advisors answer example
"I feel that my greatest weakness is that sometimes I can be a bit too blunt when it comes to truth-telling. Many of my peers appreciate it but some do not. I am working on my ability to add sensitivity to my delivery when I speak and so far, so good!"
Respiratory Therapists answer example
"Knowing your weakness only makes you stronger! Once you are aware of areas in your life that prevent you from being productive and successful, or that might interfere with relationships or attaining goals, you have the potential to make a greater impact wherever you are! Answering this question in an interview poses a bit of a challenge. You want to share something that will not prevent you from performing any of the responsibilities of the role. Instead, you want to share something that you are working to improve. This means PROACTIVELY. You are taking charge by watching TED Talks about the weakness, reading the latest-and-greatest book on the subject, or maybe you are taking a seminar at a nearby community center in the near future. Sometimes it's as simple as practice and repetition. The more you strengthen those weak muscles, the stronger they get. Show your interviewer that you want to excel in the role and that you want to grow by taking time to improve yourself!"
Retail answer example
"I would say the area I need to focus on improving would be my Retail POS proficiency. I am proficient, and it does not hinder my ability to do my job successfully, but it's certainly something that I need to work on improving, and am always asking for other managers to show me their tips and tricks."
Sales answer example
"I know this will come off as cliche, but it's truthful. My weakness is not delegating. I know what needs doing and how I want it done, so it's often easier to do it myself. However, it can inhibit my ability to grow. I cannot take on every step of a project; I need to be able to give the task or a portion of it to another team member or direct report. I've spoken with my current manager about it, and we've developed a system where he can call me out on the behavior since often I'm not aware of it. By bringing awareness to it at the moment, I find my propensity to hold onto control has decreased, so I'm certainly moving in the right direction."
Sales Associate answer example
"This is definitely a question you should prepare for ahead of time – it is usually a topic that most people struggle with answering. You should focus on a weakness that is related to you professionally, not personally. The weakness you choose to discuss should be minor, something that isn’t detrimental to you doing your job. Describe how tackling this weakness has helped you grow in a professionally and personally by telling the interviewer what exactly you are doing to improve on your weakness. For example, you can say, “My greatest weakness is that I tend to try to please everyone. I sometimes help my coworkers before helping myself. I have been working on making sure I put my needs first, then helping my coworkers. It is something I stay conscious of and am continually trying to improve on.” "
Sales Engineers answer example
"Through performance reviews and other feedback that I have received, I feel that my greatest weakness would be in my Excel skills. I am an intermediate user but do feel that as a Sales Engineer, I should be at an advanced to expert user level. I have enrolled in an Excel course that will start this fall and will run for 12 weeks."
School Counselor answer example
"I am not a good public speaker. Put me in a room with 10-15 people, and I'll be fine. But ask me to deliver a commencement speech and I will be a ball of nerves. Working for a school has helped me to overcome that slowly since I am constantly surrounded by people. Meeting new faces regularly helps in building my confidence. But definitely, I still have a lot to work on."
Security Manager answer example
"Don't be discouraged by your weaknesses! One way to approach this question is to discuss a skill that you would like to develop or learn. Another way to think about it is to consider a quality or trait that you are proactively working to strengthen. Think of them as opportunities to learn and grow. Give an example that shows you have put some thought into it and that you are taking a proactive approach. Here's one way to answer the question: "I use to get immersed in projects at work and lose track of time. Time management has never been a strong point for me. I started managing my calendar and setting alarms throughout the day so that I could be more aware of how I am spending my time. Over the past year I have greatly improved upon my time management skills and have more time to invest in managing my team."
Slot Attendant answer example
"I think that my greatest weakness is X but I am trying to work on it. I have been attending special sessions and also watching some TED talks to help myself out of this issue. I know its a long way to go but I am improving."
Social Studies Teacher answer example
"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 on that course!"
Sound Engineering Technicians answer example
"I am sometimes overly independent and incredibly meticulous as I am used to completing projects on my own instead of delegating them, to complete them in a quicker fashion. But I came to realize that I am working as part of a team of highly educated individuals who are as capable as I am and whose perspective can be greatly valuable. As such, I try to seek my colleagues' input as much as possible as we are all working to benefit the company."
Sous Chef answer example
"If I had to choose a weakness, I would say that my computer skills could be stronger. I have been learning Excel through online tutorials to strengthen my ability to create spreadsheets for order and cost tracking initiatives."
Special Education Preschool Teacher answer example
"I believe my greatest weakness is that it is hard for me to stop working when there is more to do. I am very focused in my work and wish to complete all tasks by the end of each day. However, it isn't always possible to do so. To improve in that area, I do my best to prioritize and use daily to-do lists to keep track of my duties so that I can get to work as soon as I get to the office in the morning."
Staff Accountant answer example
"Pick one of your weaknesses that is not a necessity for the role. Be candid and humble in your answer recognizing that you really aren't great at something and acknowledging your need to improve. Be sure you have an action plan in place for improving on this weakness too. Perhaps you are watching speakers talk about the weakness, reading the latest-and-greatest book on the subject, or maybe you are taking a seminar at a nearby community center in the near future. We are all human and all have weaknesses, so don't be afraid to share yours!"
Stage Manager answer example
"I believe my greatest weakness is that it is hard for me to stop working when there is more to do. I am very focused in my work and wish to complete all tasks by the end of each day. However, it isn't always possible to do so. To improve in that area, I do my best to prioritize and use daily to-do lists to keep track of my duties so that I can get to work as soon as I get to the office in the morning."
Substance Abuse Counselor answer example
"Public speaking has always been a weakness of mine. I've asked my current supervisor to keep me in mind whenever there is an opportunity to address a group of people so I can work on making this one of my strengths."
Summer Law Clerk answer example
"I am sometimes overly independent and incredibly meticulous as I am used to completing projects on my own instead of delegating them, to complete them in a quicker fashion. But throughout my career, I have come to realize that I am working as part of a team of professionals who are as capable as I am and whose perspective can be greatly valuable. As such, I do my best to seek my colleagues' input as much as possible as we are all working to benefit the firm."
Surgical Technologist answer example
"I feel that my greatest weakness is in my technical abilities. I could be stronger when it comes to the use of some of our software. I have signed up for an evening class that starts next month which I believe will help me to improve my technical skills."
Surveillance Operator answer example
"Pick one of your weaknesses that is not a necessity for the role. Be candid and humble in your answer recognizing that you really aren't great at something and acknowledging your need to improve. Be sure you have an action plan in place for improving on this weakness too. Perhaps you are watching TED Talks about the weakness, reading the latest-and-greatest book on the subject, or maybe you are taking a seminar at a nearby community center in the near future. We are all human and all have weaknesses, so don't be afraid to share yours! "
Swim Instructor answer example
"In my most current position my supervisor recommended that I take additional coursework in adult education. Because I have spent so much time educating children I have lost a bit of my touch when it comes to teaching groups of adults. I have enrolled in an additional course on adult education which starts next month."
Tax Manager answer example
"I am sometimes overly independent and incredibly meticulous as I am used to completing projects on my own instead of delegating them, to complete them in a quicker fashion. But I came to realize that I am working as part of a team of highly educated individuals who are as capable as I am and whose perspective can be greatly valuable. As such, I try to seek my colleagues' input as much as possible as we are all working to benefit the company."
Taxi Drivers answer example
"Pick one of your weaknesses that is not a necessity for the role. Be candid and humble in your answer recognizing that you really aren't great at something and acknowledging your need to improve. Be sure you have an action plan in place for improving on this weakness too. Perhaps you are watching TED Talks about the weakness, reading the latest-and-greatest book on the subject, or maybe you are taking a seminar at a nearby community center in the near future. We are all human and all have weaknesses, so don't be afraid to share yours! "
Teacher answer example
"I'd have to echo my boss and say I need to spend less time concerning myself with policy. I suppose not resigning myself to it is a bit of weakness. It's certainly something I struggle with, coming to terms with the educational policies with which I disagree. I try to walk the line of advocating for my students, and future students, while being sure to be respectful of the administration and educational system as a whole."
Telephone Operators answer example
"I believe my greatest weakness is that it is hard for me to stop working when there is more to do. I am very focused in my work and wish to complete all tasks by the end of each day. However, it isn't always possible to do so. To improve in that area, I do my best to prioritize and use daily to-do lists to keep track of my duties so that I can get to work as soon as I get to the office in the morning."
Territory Sales Manager answer example
"I am a very hard-worker and 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 did my best to do 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 improved my time management skills and made me more productive at work."
Training Specialist answer example
"One of my greatest weaknesses, or blindspots, is I often get very excited about multiple projects at any one given time. This becomes an issue when managing multiple project groups and bandwidth. I rely heavily on my team to keep me on track with the most pressing projects before moving on to working on projects that are less pressing and instrumental for the business."
Transportation Manager answer example
"I am sometimes overly independent and incredibly meticulous as I am used to completing projects on my own instead of delegating them, to complete them in a quicker fashion. But throughout my career, I have come to realize that I am working as part of a team of professionals who are as capable as I am and whose perspective can be greatly valuable. As such, I do my best to seek my colleagues' input as much as possible as we are all working to benefit the company."
Travel Agent answer example
"This could be an uncomfortable question to answer and that is exactly why the interviewer has asked it, they want to put you on the spot and see how you handle it! Weaknesses are negatives and you never want to show a potential employer the chinks in your armor but there they are asking you to tell them your failings. Approach this head on. Answer this question honestly because everyone have flaws but turn it to your advantage by relating something a little on a level ground and not necessarily relating to the job. This shows that you can highlight a weakness but impress on the interviewer that you are taking great pains to overcome this. rather than saying you have a fear of flying, which of course would be detrimental to working in a travel agency; you could say that you have also wanted to play the violin but you are annoying the neighbors so you are actively looking to take some lessons! That shows a weakness but it also shows a strength as you are prepared to rectify the problem."
Treasury Assistant answer example
"I am a very hard-worker and 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 did my best to do 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 improved my time management skills and made me more productive at work."
TSA Screener answer example
"We all have weaknesses, and it is okay to share yours! Pick a weakness to share that is not a priority for a TSA Screener. Common answers might be: - Having to negotiate a sale...like when buying a new car. I would prefer to just be given the best price first! - Hosting company at my house. It stresses me out! - Giving a speech in front of a large crowd of people. - Being afraid of trying adventourous things such as bungee jumping, sky diving, or riding the latest roller coaster. Simply share your one weakness with the interviewer."
Typist answer example
"I am a very hard-worker and 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 did my best to do 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 improved my time management skills and made me more productive at work."
Ultrasound Technician answer example
" I think one area I could work on is my delegation skills. I am always so concerned about everything being done right and on time that I can get stuck in that mentality that if you want it done right you need to do it yourself. I learned this recently when given the opportunity to manage a large project at work. It definitely taught me how to delegate and my manager noticed the difference in my management style by the end of the year."
Union Representative answer example
"I consider X to be my greatest weakness but recently I have started watching some TED talks and reading some help books to overcome this weakness of mine. I have already started noticing some improvement but I understand its a long road ahead."
Urban and Regional Planners answer example
"In my last performance review my manager asked me to improve my working knowledge of GIS. I have since signed up for a course which will be complete in December."
Usher answer example
"I believe my greatest weakness is that it is hard for me to stop working when there is more to do. I am very focused in my work and wish to complete all tasks by the end of each day. However, it isn't always possible to do so. To improve in that area, for instance, I do my best to prioritize and use daily to-do lists to keep track of my duties so that I can get to work as soon as I get to the office in the morning and as a result be highly efficient."
Video Producer answer example
"I am sometimes overly independent and incredibly meticulous as I am used to completing projects on my own instead of delegating them, to complete them in a quicker fashion. But I came to realize that I am working as part of a team of highly educated individuals who are as capable as I am and whose perspective can be greatly valuable. As such, I try to seek my colleagues' input as much as possible as we are all working to benefit the company."
Voice Over Artist answer example
"My greatest weakness is that I have a hard time brainstorming ways to make each of my projects different. However, there are so many creative minds at your company and I hope to learn how they do it so I can improve."
Voice Writing Reporter answer example
"My greatest weakness is that it is difficult for me to speak up when I am overtired or over worked. However, I do some of my best work when I am well rested. I am making it a priority to tell someone when I need days off so I can continue to do my best work."
Volunteer answer example
"I tend to be a people pleaser. In the past, I have said 'yes' before looking at my schedule, and I have overcommitted myself. Now whenever my boss asks me to do something, I let him know I need to check to make sure I have the bandwidth. This practice has saved me from taking on too much and overworking myself."
Warehouse Clerk answer example
"I am a very hard-worker and 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 did my best to do 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 improved my time management skills and made me more productive at work."
Warehouse Supervisor answer example
"We all have things we can improve on, so do not be afraid to share them. The interviewer will likely take note of your greatest weakness and may even provide you with additional training or mentoring if possible to help you excel. The interviewer wants to hear that your weakness is not critical for the job you are applying to. Think of something you could improve upon that is not necessary for the job, and openly share it with the interviewer. Next, share what things you have done to improve upon your weakness. The key is to have a plan! The interviewer wants to hear that you work through your weaknesses and do not allow them to be stumbling blocks. Simply share 1-2 ways you have worked on your weakness. This might including doing something to push yourself outside of your comfort zone, attending a seminar/workshop, or finding a mentor or coach to help you."
Water Treatment Operators answer example
"During a recent performance review with my current supervisor he brought to my attention that my documentation was sometimes too brief for his liking. He asked that I use more words when describing the situation so that the new operators would be able to fully understand what my notes meant. I have been making a conscious effort since then to ensure that my documentation can be understood by even the most junior of operators."
Wildlife Biologist answer example
"I am a very hard-worker and 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 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 focused and productive at work."
Wildlife Officer answer example
"I am a very hard-worker and 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 started doing my best to do 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 improved my time management skills and made me more productive at work."
Writer answer example
"My biggest weakness as a writer is that it takes me quite a while to get a project started. I am someone who needs to sit and think about what I am going to write for a while before beginning. However, I feel that with more practice, I will be able to get started faster on projects."
Yoga Instructor answer example
"I sometimes get so caught up in the details of how to teach a pose that I can overwhelm my students with information. I have learned that by offering two to three simple cues, students are better able to understand and move their bodies into the shapes. I have been simplifying my sequences to help the students learn the basics and then gradually elaborating on what I want them to do when I am instructing." Identify a weakness that you can apply to teaching yoga. If you know you still get nervous speaking in front of other people, talk about how you started doing karaoke or how you are taking an improv class to help you overcome your fear. Show that you believe in yourself and are proactive in making those self-improvements. "
Youth Worker answer example
"No one enjoys talking about their weaknesses. It can feel uncomfortable and vulnerable to share about aspects of yourself that you could improve. Don't fret! The interviewer wants to hear that you are self-aware and proactive about making changes. Maybe you are so passionate about what you do that you overlook the details. To improve, you are making efforts to manage your time better, prioritize and pay attention to detail. Sometimes a positive quality can be detrimental if you're not careful! Be sure to focus on what you're doing to improve, rather than focusing on the problem area. "

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What are your weaknesses?
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Spelling, and not getting involved with customers stories.
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Too critical of my own work, trusting that it is correct and move on.
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If I ever get to upper manage learn to speak well in front of a crowd, Public speaking.
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I really don't have any weakness because I always try to improve any faults that is brought to my attention.
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I have been taking PMP course and SAS to widen my broad studying that I will benefit the company in a long-run.
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I am saying truth that I am not having any weakness I can wait and control till my task is complete.
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I am not having any weakness that is because I improves well.
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A weekness I have that id like to improve on is public speaking and taking charge of a situation.
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I can't say to coworker even I am over loaded.
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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.
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Public speaking and I'm enrolled in toastmasters club.
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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.
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I am weak in critical thinking but I am good if I am given more time.
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The one weakness I have that I want to improve is try to depend on people.
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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.
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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.
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I'm working on improving my dexterity and fine motor skills.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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No degree. Working on getting my HT certification.
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No degree. Working on passing my HT examination.
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Me, Myself and I. There are only a few things that I can change about myself.
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Overthinking. I tend to overthink problems before they arrive.
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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.
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Working long hours. Need to learn to relax.
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I become impatient when My teammates don't deliver on their promises.
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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.
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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.
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To always remain with a positive mindset.
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Being too giving of my time to others which can pull away from other priorities.
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I am imporving on my short temperedness by taking things cooly and doing some breathing excersies.
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My confidence. I'm not a particularly overt individual but I hope that by challenging myself with this position I can grow in confidence.
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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.
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I will improve German language skills to easily integrate with local colleagues.
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I have to control people who are adamant.
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Typing. I can type 35 words per minute but I am trying to do at least 50wpm.
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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.
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Interviews is my weakness talking in front of people.
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I am too much of a perfectionist which might be detrimental for meeting deadline.
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I dont have weaknesses on my job.
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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.
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By attending seminar and reading knowlegable material.
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Build on my skills, get my BMO license.
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Not knowing what to say to a patient about a chronic illness.
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Learn from my mistakes and learn from others.
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I improve myself by never stopping to learn. I stay up-to-date on the latest policies for my career.
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I have enough clinical skills and knowledge to serve patients.
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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:
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Take notes, listen to my co-worker(s), manager, physician.
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With concentration and team work.
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Learn new skills and continue to make sure that the ones I am using are affective.
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My weakness would be my extra craving fro being a perfectionist. I thoroughly try to done every thing with a perfection that sometimes requires you to put more hardowork until I made it to my own sati factionary level.
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I would be open to suggestions that could improve my skills and work on continue education.
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I improve myself to be a better medical assistant, mainteing taking my continuning education, and updating my certification. This is important because the healthfield all time is in continue chainge.
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I would take extra courses that I felt would help me gain more knowledge or skills as a medical assistant.
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Try to educated myself more about the woking situations.
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I would definitely need some hands on work to improve in medical assisting there are always new illnesses arrising.
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To improve my skills in all areas each day so I will be able to help my patients even better.
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I would improve myself by reading up and studying on the practice and what yall offer and to go above and beyond for your practice.
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Brush up on my typing skills.
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I would take some continued education courses pertaining to the clinic I worked for. I would love to know the most frequently prescribed for different diag. Or problems.
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I improve myself by practicing my skill sets and what I mean by is practicing looking over materials, going to meetings where we can get a fresh practice on what we need to improve or brush up on so I can be able to stay on top of my work.
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I would take any courses that are available to keep up with what is going on.
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Update the knowledge and try to give all the answers of patient, be polite and calm.
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I would improve myself by pay more attention to detail and helping patients to understand and help there needs.
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I always keep myself updated with the recent scientific evidence.
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I would carry a note pad and right notes about the tasks that need to be accomplished during the day. That way I know that I would be more organized and I can check off the tasks completed.
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I would learn to adapt best at the office that I am working in and make it a better office by working hard.
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I'm a self starter that is able to manage prioritizing my work load.
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Being so detailed oriented that sometimes it can create me to be a little bit slower.
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Ask questions, observe, and learn.
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I would pay attention & learn every detail and learn new procedures as I further my career as Medical Assistant.
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Knowledge is power.One can never learn to much, there should always be room for improvement,I am an open-minded person,I am always eager to learn.
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By leting me into your field and showing my technique.
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How do you accept professional ethics.
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Pay lots attention to detail if I make mistakes admitt try not to make the same mistake again.
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I am a very detail person, I pay attention to every detail which sometimes can be time consuming but I learn to managed it.
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Strong confident to performed and motivated to mastering medical assisting skills.
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Look for additional classes to take within the field.
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Keep stretching myself and learning more.
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Continue hand on hand experience and further education.
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I can have a bit of Type A personality. I like when everything is done according to procedure and on time. Of course life is not like that.
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Learning more about the medical field.
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I always ask questions to learn and have a better understanding of certain things.
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I would keep abreast of new medical assistant training opportunities.
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I would set goals that would help improve my performance and help the practice.
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Always look to refresh skills.
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My sensitivity. I can be very hard on myself If I do something wrong. I never like to make the same mistake twice. If a patient for some reason becomes upset with me I will think about all day and when I go home.
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How I would improve as a medical assistant would be gaining even more knowledge by studying;
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I don't like to said weaknesses I would like to say areas that should be improve.
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Learn more information about different specialty areas.
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By asking for constructive criticism from colleagues. To be aware of my weaknesses, and to work on them.
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By showing patients that you care about their health.
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Take more certification classes, and join a professional organization.
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Paying close attention to my peers, asking questions at any time, being open to constructive criticism, and pushing myself outside of work to hone my skills.
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I like reading to keep myself updated with new medical informtion.
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Keeping up with all the updated procedures.
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By taking advantage of all my resources and training opportunity to expand my knowledge and experience as a Medical Assistant.
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To improve myself, I would like to take some more online courses and always have an open mind to learning new things.
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I was trained in giving correct immunization and doing venipuncture with adults, however I would really like to do venipuncture with children and to master taking blood on a very difficult veins.

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