Handling Tough Job Interview Questions: What is Your Biggest Weakness?

You know it's coming during your job interview: "Tell us about your biggest weakness." This question is on the tip of every interviewers tongue. So how are you going to answer it? We have a plan for that.

Hi everybody I’m Brian Clapp Director of Content for WorkinSports.com and this is the Work in Sports podcast…

What a weekend. Notre Dame wins the Womens national championship, baseball is here, ESPN launched a new morning show, and sister jean got ousted from the tournament.

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Alright today’s question comes from Nathan in New York.

Hi Brian, I have a job interview in a week with a company I am very excited to work for, but I’m pretty nervous for two reasons. One, they told me I’d be facing an interview panel, which sounds intimidating. And two, in my last interview I was asked to describe two of my strengths and two of my weaknesses and I feel like I bombed that question. I could feel the interviewers disappointment in my answer. Can you help me with the panel idea and how to handle that question?

I love the way you put that Nathan – you could feel their disappointment. It’s so true, I’ve been there before when you answer a question and immediately sense the drop in temperature in the room, or the subtle body language change from the interviewer. It’s an awful feeling.

Let’s talk about that question because it comes up in every single interview. But first, let’s talk techniques for a panel, which is also very common.

The reason employers do panel interviews is to see how you handle pressure. That’s it. That is the purpose. Can you handle multiple people asking a myriad of questions, with a confusing array of thoughts in your head…and still remain calm, sound intelligent and exude confidence.

I began doing panel interviews when I was a News Director for a sports network, because the jobs I was hiring for required people who could react and respond under pressure.

Before you imagine a Law and Order style interrogation taking place, that’s not what a panel job interview is. What we’re talking about is around ten people in a room asking interview questions. A bright light and the threat of prison time aren’t necessary; the pressure is there just by the nature of the environment created.

Now that you know why they are done, you can prepare yourself for how to handle the event.

Listen in to Brian explaining three techniques for handling a job interview panel, and two ways to answer the question "What are your biggest weaknesses?"

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By Brian Clapp | April 02, 2018
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