New Ways to Answer that Weakness Question

New Ways to Answer that Weakness QuestionYou hate answering that weakness question during a job interview however you have to come up with something good. Think about weaknesses that are either obvious or specific (i.e. narrow) to a situation and that’s how you can answer the question truthfully yet without taking yourself out of the game. Here are ways to handle the weakness question with those two ideas in mind.

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Melissa Llarena

Melissa helps movers and shakers up to those in the corner office rediscover what makes them unique so that they can land their dream job in a forward-thinking company where their ideas are listened to, valued, and supported.

She brings insights from having worked in 16-business units (including Human Resources) in NY, Paris, and London. Additionally, in her former corporate career, she worked on billion-dollar brands for P&G and on IBM for Ogilvy & Mather. Later, as the founder and CEO of Career Outcomes Matter, Melissa created a 3-step “sellable strengths” process which has been the centerpiece of her clients' results.

Melissa applies this method consistently to support mid-level professionals up to the c-suite to get into Fortune Global 500 organizations and agencies. She studied Psychology at NYU and earned her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.


  1. Avatar Amr Saudi on October 9, 2014 at 6:10 am


    Thank you Melissa for your great tips. I find them realistic and workable.

    • Avatar Melissa on October 10, 2014 at 3:16 pm

      Fantastic! Please let me know how you reworked my points to fit your needs.

  2. Avatar Christine Schoaff on October 4, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Melissa– Great segment. The specifics of your examples are helpful because each illustrates the point you make in an extendable and applicable manner. Thanks!

    • Avatar Melissa on October 6, 2012 at 6:05 pm

      Hi Christine,
      Glad you like my examples. The point is to offer interesting stories or specific situations that show you are confident and smart! Let me know how you use this info.

  3. Avatar ed leong on September 25, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    I like the tips on handling weaknesses..

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