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Avoid These Deal Breakers at Your Entry-Level Interview

Adam Starr

February 01, 2010

Lack of Authenticity

It’s true that nobody likes to answer the question: “What’s your biggest professional shortcoming?” While that question may not be comfortable to answer, it is equally uncomfortable for the hiring manager to hear things like:

“I work too hard, I guess that’s my biggest professional imperfection.” 


“Sometimes I am such a perfectionist that I just want to work 24 hours a day, every day, seven days a week on all of my projects!” 

While these types of answers do avoid making you sound like a lazy employee, they also make you sound like you aren’t very authentic. A better option could be mentioning a shortcoming that you used to have but that you took steps to overcome. This answer allows you to show that you are proactive and can learn quickly. Just because you don’t exhibit superhuman excellence at every single facet that every job requires, it still proves that you are able to adapt and overcome shortcomings as they arise.

Deal Breaker Number #3: Inability to Answer any Questions