The One Answer You Should Never Give In An Interview

Many of us have been there: You're in an interview, doing fairly well, when the interviewer asks you that dreaded question:

"What's your biggest weakness?"

In an effort to avoid mentioning your actual biggest weakness, whatever it may be, you turn to what sounds like a good answer: "I'm a perfectionist."

But unfortunately, this common, made-to-please response comes across as inauthentic at worst and lacking self-awareness at best. Saying you're obsessed with perfection is about as believable as saying your biggest flaw is always getting to work early.

"Such a person is likely to be lying," said Peter Cappelli, a management professor and director of the Center for Human Resources at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. "They are thinking about something to say that is safe -- plausible but also not negative."

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