3 weaknesses job interview examples – Career Hunts Blog https://www.careerhunts.com/blog Career Hunts blog | Job Recruitment Advice | Career Guide Mon, 26 Dec 2022 06:15:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.4.3 CONFIDENCE BOOSTERS FOR THE DAY OF THE JOB INTERVIEW https://www.careerhunts.com/blog/confidence-boosters-for-the-day-of-the-job-interview/ https://www.careerhunts.com/blog/confidence-boosters-for-the-day-of-the-job-interview/#comments Mon, 26 Dec 2022 06:15:34 +0000 https://www.careerhunts.com/blog/?p=859 CONFIDENCE BOOSTERS FOR THE DAY OF THE JOB INTERVIEW

Even if you’re well-prepared and qualified, these nervousness symptoms can ruin your chances of getting the job.

These quick confidence hacks will help you perform better in the lead-up to your next job interview without resorting to energy drinks or corny motivational speeches, but will help you overcome your natural inclination to panic in high-stakes situations.

Harvard Business School social psychologist Amy Cuddy recently spoke at a TedGlobal event, where she discussed what candidates do while waiting for an interview to begin.

“You’re in a seated position. You have your iPhone or Android in your hand. You have your notes out and you’re reading them.

This common practise in the waiting room is not the best way to boost your self-assurance before an important interview. Instead, try some of these exercises before a meeting with a potential employer to boost your self-assurance.


Instead of making yourself look small by slouching in a waiting room chair while you cram for an exam or practise an interview question, Cuddy suggests looking for a quiet place to do so.

It’s a “Power Pose,” as Cuddy puts it. While there are several iterations of the Wonder Woman pose, they’re all relatively simple to remember. Go into a private area (the restroom, for example) 10 minutes before your interview and strike a powerful pose in which you occupy as much physical space as possible.

In an interview with Inc. magazine, Cuddy described an experiment in which she had participants spit into a vial to measure their testosterone (a hormone linked to male dominance) and cortisol levels at rest (the hormone associated with stress).

Then, for 2 minutes, some people struck a high-power pose while others struck a low-power pose (hunched over). Hormone levels were checked, and she found:

Cuddy told Inc. that the high-power pose reduced cortisol by about 25 percent and increased testosterone by about 19 percent.

Finally, you have it! Keep your stress hormones in check by striking a mighty pose.


According to Kathleen Hall, CEO of The Mindful Living Network and the Stress Institute, “repeating a positive affirmation can reduce production of cortisol and stress hormones by almost 50 percent,” as well as slow the mind, lower blood pressure and heart rate, and make you feel confident and powerful.

Some illustrations provided by Hall are as follows: When it comes to anything, I have complete faith. My potential is infinite.

Psychologist and CEO of Urban Balance Joyce Marter concurs, suggesting deep breathing while mentally repeating a positive mantra like “I absolutely will succeed in this job if given the opportunity.”

You may feel silly at first, but using these words will help you project an upbeat and confident image—much better than a tense and shaky one!


During the time leading up to an interview, it can be helpful to recall a time when you were successful and confident. You can accomplish this quickly and easily by collecting positive comments made about you online or in print.

Peruse past notes of encouragement from teachers and employers, as well as letters of recommendation and LinkedIn endorsements.

Katherine Walker, founder and executive director of Lifetime Behavioral Health, suggests, “Quickly review your biggest accomplishments in your head before going into the interview,” if you’re not feeling this approach. “This walk down memory lane will instantly boost your confidence and prepare you for the kinds of questions the interviewer is bound to ask.”

The best way to ensure your success in a job interview is to remind yourself of the ways in which your past has shaped you and prepared you for the role.

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A STORY OR TWO TO USE IN YOUR JOB INTERVIEW https://www.careerhunts.com/blog/a-story-or-two-to-use-in-your-job-interview/ https://www.careerhunts.com/blog/a-story-or-two-to-use-in-your-job-interview/#comments Sat, 26 Nov 2022 08:01:15 +0000 https://www.careerhunts.com/blog/?p=622 A STORY OR TWO TO USE IN YOUR JOB INTERVIEW

Think back on the guidelines you were given for essays, stories, and presentations you gave in school.

Things need to be structured with a beginning, middle, and end. This is the same technique used by filmmakers and authors to draw in their audiences. Each story has an opening, middle, and closing.

This regularity is ingrained in our minds, so its absence is felt as a disruption. The result is a lack of satisfaction.

The same holds true for your response at the job interview.

Our previous article, “Tricks of the Trade to Nail Your Next Job Interview,” discussed effective ways to respond to the inevitable “what’s your greatest weakness?” inquiry.

Let’s go into how you want to present this data.

Wrapping your instances of strengths and flaws in the workplace in the cloak of a story requires you to begin in the past, go through some time in the centre, and finally wind down into the present (end).

This formula requires you to discuss the historical manifestations of your weakness (for example, at what point in time did you first notice it? How so? When did it reach a breaking point?

If you want to get someone’s attention, you need to be particular. Don’t be vague or overly generic, but rather specific. Include many steps in the development of the scenario in your story’s timeline.

Is there a secret to remembering small bits of information?

Tip #1: Use the 5 Ws of journalism

Here are some prompt ideas:

  • What (which weakness, what was the problem?)
  • Who (who was involved, internal/external partners, who triggered the weakness?)
  • Where (which company / department / team / project?)
  • Why (why was it blocking you? Which fear? Why was the weakness an issue?)
  • How (how did you move into solution mode? How did you solve it or minimize it? How did it work out in the end? How is it currently?)

The conclusion of your answer is where you elaborate on your plans to improve upon your deficiency.

Describe the setting in which you became aware of your stumbling, the steps you took to find a solution, the best course of action you took, and the results you achieved. How did you manage to conquer, minimise, or tame your weaknesses?

Tip #2: Seize a storytelling strategy to make a deep impression

In a way that is sure to wow your listener, answer in the form of a story with a beginning, middle, and end.

  • You are incredibly self-aware, as evidenced by (balance between strengths and weaknesses)
  • It’s possible to pinpoint and work around obstacles to your success in completing a task or undertaking.
  • To what extent can seemingly insignificant actions affect your performance and that of your team?
  • You are not a person who sits still and wallows in adversity, but rather a person who takes initiative.

Doing so shows that you value developing as a person and as a professional in your field.

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