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How to Explain Your Faults in a Positive Light in a Job Interview

 By Dr. Rachel Abramson, Ph.D

We all want to put our best foot forward at the job interview. Yet, we are often asked that dreaded 'weaknesses' question where we are meant to disclose our faults. If we are asked to share our faults, how can we present them in a positive light? Should we even do that? Should we pick something inconsequential or something irrelevant to the work environment? Should we be doing something else? This article provides four tips on how to best discuss your faults at the job interview.

Tip 1: Acknowledge Your Faults

Your fault may be as simple as being a "night owl" and therefore finding it difficult to work at 9.00 a.m. the next business day. Your fault might be as simple as being a perfectionist or forthright or even guarded. Others may have told you that you are "too sensitive" or "too unfeeling". You may have the fault of being a "people person" or a "loner". Your faults may lie in time or project management. Your faults may also lie with having a personality or mental health concern.

There may be other faults that you identify within yourself. The best thing you can do is to openly and honestly acknowledge your faults. Interviewers ask this question to get a get a sense of your level of self-awareness as well as how well you will get along with existing staff.

Tip 2: Recognize the Conditions Under Which an Attribute Becomes a Fault

Your faults may become strength in different contexts, tasks or environments. Similarly, attributes that you normally consider to be a strength may be considered a fault in a different context, task or environment. So, being a night owl, for instance, may be a problem if you work a typical Monday to Friday 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. However, if you do evening work, then your night-owl nature may become a strength. In my youth, I discovered that my political allegiance became an unforgivable fault when I worked for a company that favored a different political party.

Tip 3: What You Are Already Doing

Once you have shared your faults, you will need to continue by sharing the steps you have/are taking to address those same faults.

You can also speak to how you are placing yourself in environments where your faults become a strength. If you have always gotten in trouble at school for being a chatterbox, for instance, you could talk about choosing a profession or role where chatting becomes a virtue.

Tip 4: Handling Sensitive Faults

If your faults lie in a personality or mental health concern, those faults are likely to be very personal and very sensitive. It is up to you how much/how little you choose to disclose. However, the same principles remain. You might simply say "I have a problem with a mental health problem" (without needing to go into any details). You might then go on to say that you are currently seeing (or have seen) a psychologist to get some strategies to manage it. If you are still addressing this concern, you could give an indication of how far you have already come or how much further you have to go.

At the end of the day, you can speak openly and honestly about your faults, while simultaneously showcasing who you are and what you can do for a potential employer.

Do you want to know more? Be sure to look at some of my ezine article "Tell Me Your Weakness - Interview Question". You will also find more articles on this, and related, topics on both my websites:


© Dr. Rachel Abramson, Ph.D. Organizational, Health and Counselling Psychologist, Career Counsellor and Hypnotherapist.

My higher order mission is to help people reach their full potential: Personally, professionally, entrepreneurially and money-wise.

Elevating Your Executive Resume Summary

 By Erin Kennedy

When it comes to hiring managers, they are as unique as the candidates they interview, and each has their own opinion about what they prefer to focus on when it comes to the resume. So we don't know for sure which area is the most important. However, one component the top resume writing services always recommends polishing is the executive resume summary. This is your chance to make an impact on the reader and set the tone for the rest of the resume. Here are some tips to consider incorporating into yours.

Let Your Personality Show

This is the place in your resume to show some of your personality. Let it come through in your writing so the summary doesn't sound generic and dull. But of course, you don't want to be too casual either. Being natural in how you write and giving a little insight into how you approach work every day could be impactful. One of the best ways to accomplish this is by offering your approach and belief of the ideal workplace culture. If your personality is to create a positive environment in the office, then don't be afraid to make this statement in your summary. An office culture is a critical component of a successful business, so if you have the ability to enhance it, it will add another reason why the hiring manager wants to interview you.

Talk About Past Work Results

Your resume summary should include some quantifiable results, so select some of your best accomplishments and make sure to mention them in your resume summary. These results can be from teamwork or individual achievements. The best resume writing service can help you with the wording of your summary to make it impactful, but there's usually never any harm in talking a little about your success. Just make sure these results are relatable in some way to the employer you're targeting so they will see the results as transferrable.

Highlight Recognitions You've Received

This is the place to brag a bit on any ways you've been recognized for work well done. These internal or external recognitions are something which should be incorporated in your resume summary. You could mention a quarterly award you won, a speaking engagement you were honored to have, an article you had published or anything else. These types of recognition are direct results of your hard work, so a potential employer usually likes seeing it on your resume summary.

Professional Resume Services is honored to be recognized as one of the top resume writing services. We take great pride in helping executives transform their cover letters, resumes, summaries and helping them with anything else related to their job search. We are always willing and ready to help you in any area you need, so feel free to reach out to us at any time to start the conversation.