Job interviews often seem like a delicate dance that requires you to make yourself look like the perfect person for the position while avoiding any potential flaws. You have benefits and you have weaknesses, but ideally the company only learns about the benefits, because the weaknesses may prevent you from getting the job.
However, avoiding potential negative points is very difficult. Interviewers are not stupid. They will look for negatives, because they want to know what you don’t bring to the table. Examples of weaknesses that could be a problem are:
- Poor skill level in a particular area.
- Inexperience with a program or in the field.
- Termination due to a particular event, like insubordination.
- You have extensive gaps in your work history.
- You have spent time in prison.
These are some serious issues to the employer. There is a temptation to not bring them up at the interview and hope that they do not affect employment.
Should You Hide Your Flaws?
It’s a strong temptation. If you hide your flaws they may not come up, but if you share your flaws, you might not get the job. That is the logic, correct?
Yet really, how easy is it to hide these flaws? If you are asked how to use a program, chances are your weakness will be apparent. When you fill out paperwork on your criminal history, you have to put it down. Most flaws come out somehow, and when they do, you can drastically alter your job chances. Especially if they come up at the end of the interview, or during a critical part of the interview.
Hiding your flaws may not be a good idea. A better idea is to minimize them. In the next post, we will look at possible ways to minimize your flaws during the interview.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Hiding flaws may not always be possible.