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As a manager, what is your greatest weakness?

9 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

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 an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
First written on: 01/05/2017
Last modified on: 02/15/2019

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