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As a manager, what is your greatest weakness?

1 of 25 Management Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on February 15th, 2019 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
How to Answer

Everyone has their weaknesses -- and that is okay! Talk to the hiring manager about what you feel you could work on the most, and what you are doing about it. Avoid discussing a weakness that could be detrimental to you securing the position.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"As a manager, I feel that my greatest weakness is in terminating employees at the first sign that they are not going to work out. I try to give people the benefit of the doubt and have been guilty of trying to nurture people when they are overdue for termination. I have worked on this and am becoming much better at "

Admin
Answer example

"I am currently working on my understanding of the goals of my administrative team. I know that once I better understand what is driving them in the workplace, I can teach each of them a few tasks that will help develop their careers. This approach will also allow me to delegate more confidently."

Manager
Answer example

"I tend to think and act quickly which can sometimes cause strain on the teams that I lead. I am constantly reminded to slow down and walk with my team along the way."

Marketing
Answer example

"I strongly believe in my agency's 'up or out' theory, which means that if you are not continually challenging your team, they will leave. With that said, I may spend too much time on the up when it's clear that this employee is more of an 'out.'"

Retail
Answer example

"I believe my greatest weakness as a manager to be my delegating. I am accustomed to doing all of the managerial tasks myself, as I don't have an assistant manager or sometimes even a shift leader. I know that I need to improve on delegating appropriate tasks to the appropriate employees."

Sales
Answer example

"As far as management is concerned, I'd say my greatest weakness is probably taking too much interest in my employees' growth, even if they don't demonstrate the interest in growth themselves. While it is part of my job to help them grow and improve, it is not my responsibility to want it more for them than they do for themselves."

Teacher
Answer example

"I am currently working on spending less time focusing on the worksheets and more time with hands-on learning opportunities. As an educator newer to my career, I am very comfortable abiding by 'the book' so to speak. I want to gain confidence in my ability to go-with-the-flow, and I know that will come as my teaching career continues."

Marketing Communications Manager
Answer example

"I strongly believe in my agency's 'up or out' theory, which means that if you are not continually challenging your team, they will leave. With that said, I may spend too much time on the up when it's clear that this employee is more of an 'out.'"

Assistant Manager
Answer example

"As a manager, I feel that my greatest weakness is in terminating employees at the first sign that they are not going to work out. I try to give people the benefit of the doubt and have been guilty of trying to nurture people when they are overdue for termination. I have worked on this and am becoming much better at "

Written by:

Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
First written on: 01/05/2017
Last modified on: 02/15/2019

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