For most interviewees for IT jobs, no matter how much you prepare with your IT staffing firms and technical recruiters, questions about your greatest weakness are still intimidating. The most common answer that hiring managers and IT recruiting agencies tend to hear seems like a good idea: “my weakness is that I’m a perfectionist.” Don’t be tempted to actually give this answer, though!
Because it’s such a cliché answer, telling your interviewer that you’re a perfectionist will mean that you’ve totally wasted that moment in your interview. Even if you are indeed a perfectionist, you won’t impress your interviewer or your IT recruiting firms by saying it’s your biggest weakness. Since it’s heard so often, it’s hard for anybody to take that answer seriously. In fact, you may be letting your IT staffing agencies down by giving such an unimpressive answer. Your interviewer may ding you a few points for giving such a meaningless response to their question.
So what should you say? Work on a real, honest answer with your IT recruiters. Name a skill that’s not essential to the jobs you’re interviewing for and give an action plan for how you’re addressing it. Something like this will actually impress an interviewer, especially if your action plan is thorough.