This is one of the difficult interview questions: If we don’t offer you the job, why do you think that would be?
It’s not fun when someone forces you to say bad things about yourself. It is as though they are asking you to harm your own self esteem. They are saying “Hey, I know you’ll say good things about yourself, but I’m going to need you to point out to me areas where you’re not as good.”
Luckily, despite how difficult the question works at first glance, this is one question that is not that hard to answer. Rather than point out a weakness in your skills, experiences, etc., you should give a confident answer like the one you will see below.
“I think if you don’t hire me, it will probably because I don’t have much experience working with program X, which I know is a considerable part of the role. I also do not have as much work experience as the other candidates.”
“I would not have applied for this job if I was not confident I was a great fit, so I suppose if you choose to go another route it was because I did not adequately communicate why I am the right person for the position.”
Here, you confidently state that you are perfect for the job, so that the only reason they do not hire you is because you didn’t do a great job explaining those qualifications at the interview. This is a much better answer that should score you some good points with the interviewer and will not point out your “flaws.”
Take Away Interview Tips:
- Be confident
- State that you must not have explained your abilities well enough