Overcoming Shortcomings During a Job Interview

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Lack of Hard Skills

While you might have years of experience, an employer might expect you to have a specific skill set. If you don’t have a particular skill the employer is looking for, then it’s important to highlight your soft skills and explain that you’re a very coachable professional.

Show the employer that you are friendly, professional, and overall a great cultural fit for the organization. Hard skills can be learned in any position; it’s soft skills that set you apart from other candidates.

As you explain your weaknesses during a job interview, it’s essential to put yourself into the hiring manager’s shoes. Think about the things they’d look for in a candidate and figure out how you can fit their qualifications. By being honest, transparent, and thoughtful with your responses, you’ll likely show the employer you’re a great fit for the position despite your weaknesses.


No matter how hard you try, sometimes things just don't go the way you plan. Be it family, work, or education, we're not perfect. Things happen.

Heather Huhman, writing for Glassdoor, points out that "the reality is, nearly every professional has had an experience where they made a mistake or missed a deadline." These flaws can make securing employment more difficult, but by showing how you've improved as a professional and what you've learned from each experience, it is possible to keep past mistakes from ruining your chances for success.

The point of a job interview is to assess your capabilities, as well as your potential. Explaining how you've overcome and moved beyond past difficulties can show a hiring manager that you might be just the right person for the job. In this slideshow, Huhman has identified common flaws job candidates might face and ways to explain them during a job interview.


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