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Job interviews: What's your greatest weakness?

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ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) - Job interviews can be nerve-wracking and difficult – and the most dreaded question, “What’s your greatest weakness?” can be treacherous to navigate.

David Sprinkle of Veritas Recruiting Group says trying to pump yourself up by saying, “I don’t have any,” can backfire.

Sprinkle says people don’t know how to answer it, typically because they’re put on the spot. Preperation is the key. Test it with some of your friends.

Skip the cop-out clichés. They are thinly disguised strengths. "I’m a perfectionist," or "I’m too passionate about my work."

If you go online and look this up, you get these suggested answers. But it comes off as not being authentic.

Disguising your weaknesses as strengths is not being real. Employers want a real person. They want to know what your weaknesses are and what you are actually doing to fix it.

Tell me this is where I was, this is where I’m at, this is where I want to be, says Sprinkle. 

At the same time, don’t unload. When they get put on the spot, interviewees will open their mouth and stuff just comes out.

What they think they’re saying is "I work independently," and what I hear is "I’m not a team player."

What are some of the best ones?

They say things that they’re working on. They say they take on too much and they get overwhelmed. My employer handed me a lot and I have a hard time saying no. That’s not a cop out, that’s you genuinely saying what you are having trouble with.

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