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What is your greatest weakness?
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.
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"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 "

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User-Submitted Answers

What is your greatest weakness?
When I am learning how to perform the duties of my assigned position, I learn quickest when I am working with something hands-on. Although it may take me longer to fully learn how to perform the task in the beginning, I have found that the end results are more accurate after I have learned how to perform my tasks under these conditions as opposed to only have heard or read instructions.
What is your greatest weakness?
Not having the direct experience of being a FBI Agent but I have a tremendouse capacity to learn.
Hurt personally although I shouldn't take it personally.
I tend to get really engulfed in my work and let it take over my time, I will not rest until the work is done, which can lead to issues in the long run.
Love, guilt trips. Girlfriend.
It would probably be oral speaking.
My greatest weakness is failure.
Never getting stressed out.
My greatest weakness is that when I become comfortable I will occassionally become complacent.
Thinking of others ahead of myself. I'm willing to help others or sacrifice something of myself so another has an easier load.
Greatest weakness would be that I am timid at first.
My physical well being. Not being in top physical shape.
I don't have any weaknesses.
My greatest weakness would I can be too stubborn to ask for help. When I m working on things I believe I should be able to handle myself, I tend to want to not make myself seem/feel weak by asking others for help. As I have gotten older, I have realized my stubbornness and work to combat it by making sure I get as much information as possible, and learn from those who are more knowledgeable than I. I've learned I shouldn't be scared to ask questions and for help if it is going to help me complete my project/task.
Throughout the college I found myself trying to finish the work at the day the assignment was handed to me. It gave me a idea that I really wanted to complete the task as quick as I can without a mistake. After graduating, I'm still working on this problem.
Take charge too often without delegating.
I am a hard worker and there have been times where I would have been better off if I reached out to others for help.
Not being able to "completely" give up my sense of "self" and "completely" dedicate myself to a cause much greater than I can over be.
My greatness weakness with respect to the FBI special agent role is that I lack extensive experience in the field. I don't have an investigative background in law enforcement, and my exposure has been primarily in the financial services sector. While I know I lack direct experience in criminal investigations, I know that I have transferable skill sets from my previous career paths. My exposure to CIP and KYC client and business verifications for AML, anti bribery, bank relations, and to determine anti corruption and anti terrorist relations, serve as a great foundations for the investigations done by the FBI. I am versed in risk control, EDDs, and the standards of the US Patriot Act, however, have lesses experience with the broad range of other types of investigations that the FBI touches. My lack of direct experience is by no means an inability to perform or serve with quality and success. I wouldn't be here today unless I knew I could apply my skills from the financial industry to perform successfully across the full scope of FBI work.
My drive. It is both my weakness and my strength. I sometimes become so eager to achieve a goal or complete a task that my patience level drops. This is something I have learned to slow down with and be able to delegate certain duties off to my team, as a manager, to achieve a successful outcome.