How Do You Plan on Conquering Your Weaknesses?

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When you are applying for an entry level job a common interview question asked as a follow up question to What is your greatness weakness? is "How do you plan on conquering your weaknesses?"

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This is an answer which you can edit to fit your personal experiences and background:

One of my greatest strengths - and a weakness - is my passion for what I am doing. For example, while in college, I had a variety of courses at the same time and had more of an interest in one than the other.

I sometimes caught myself paying more attention to one over the other which was apparent in the end results of my work and the grades I would get.

While it is great that I am so zealous about particular projects, I need to learn how to find the interesting parts of projects that are not as immediately appealing to me.

If employed, I will combat this by realizing that all of my assignments, regardless how of initially interesting I may find them, are all part of a larger goal.

All of them will help me grow professionally and contribute to the progress of a particular project and the company. Keeping this in mind, I will be able to turn this weakness into a positive.

Another answer you can tweak to match your own personal experiences and background:

One of my greatest strengths - and a weakness - is my desire to do the best possible work on everything.  While that can initially seem like a positive, my desire for perfection has led to nearly missing deadlines for papers in college and to taking on more responsibility for a project than I can realistically complete by myself in the allotted time frame.

If employed, I will combat this by collaborating with other teammates and recognizing when their experience and skills will enable them to do better and/or faster work and lending my own unique skills and talents in the best way possible to the project.  

In learning from my colleagues and contributing where I am best able to be of value, I will turn this weakness into a positive.


It is important when you are speaking of conquering your weakness to acknowledge what that weakness is, to identify the realistic steps you are going to take in order to overcome that weakness and to explain how, by taking those steps, you become an even better employee and colleague. In demonstrating your awareness of your weakness and by having an actionable plan to overcome that weakness, you show the interviewer that you are both self-aware and working on improving yourself.

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