How to sell your ‘weaknesses’ to a potential employer in an interview

A question you will often get asked at interview is ‘what is your worst trait?’, ‘what are your weaknesses?’ or ‘what do you think you could most improve on?’ The answer to this question is not ‘Nothing, I’m perfect.’

Employers aren’t looking for perfection. They want to know your flaws, mistakes you’ve made and regrets you have because they shape who you are as a person and employee. Having flaws means there is room for improvement and admitting you aren’t perfect is nothing to be ashamed of. But, there are certain ways that you can acknowledge your flaws, whilst putting a good spin on them.

Here are a few examples from Anna Pitts on how to sell your not-so-desirable qualities at interview, recommended by the Graduate Recruitment Bureau who specialise in graduate jobs.

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