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How Could You Use Poor Spelling as a Job Interview Weakness? by Brenda Berg

We’ve all been in a job interview when the interviewer has asked a question that has been asked to make us think. Normally, these questions come unexpectedly and will leave us a little bit stumped.

The reason interviewers ask these questions is so they can get a sense of you as a person as well as gauge how well you work under pressure. This helps them to decide whether you’re ideal for the role or not.

One of these techniques and one of the most dreaded questions is ‘What weaknesses would you say you have?’

For most of us, spelling is a bad trait, and since things like instant messaging and texting have come about, it’s only got worse. But, is there a way to turn this negative trait into a powerful weakness to impress your recruiter? Today, we’ll explore several ways you can do just that!

Be Honest
The first and easiest way to approach this question is just to be honest. You can do this by saying something like ‘My weakness would have to be my spelling’. At the end of the day, everybody has their own weaknesses so being honest may not be the worst approach. It’s definitely better than saying that you have no weaknesses.

However, you can quickly turn this around by saying that this is something that you’re working very hard on to change, stating that you’re using online resources, such as Via Writing and to enhance your skills State of Writing.

Practice Giving Your Answer
‘What’s your weakness’ is one of the most popular interview questions. Therefore, having an answer prepared in your head can help you tenfold for when the question does come up. Being poor at spelling is nothing to be ashamed of, but you can respond in such a way that will make your answer seem more plausible.

When asked the questions, ensure that you hesitate for a second or two to give the impression that you’re thinking of an answer. Then go into a response that you’ve practised at home, being as truthful and as honest as you can. This will be exactly what the recruiter is looking for.

State Your Proofreading Skills
After you have exclaimed that your spelling is poor, one of the best ways to redeem yourself, especially if your job may involve a lot of writing, would be to state how you know poor spelling is a setback but you’re working on it and that you know it’s an issue.

With this in mind, you can then continue by stating how important and professional spelling is, which is why you proofread and edit every piece of work before it goes out.

Autumn Lauria, the HR manager and Resumention expert, continues. “When a recruiter asks for your weaknesses, they’re not so much asking directly what your weaknesses are, but more how you handle a potentially negative situation and how well you provide solutions. By giving a solution, such as proofreading all your written work before sending it out, may even be the answer they are looking for as it shows you’re proactive.”

Stay Positive
One of the biggest things you must remember in your interview, not just in this question but the entire interview is to radiate positivity. Even if you’re worried, don’t forget that the person sitting in front of you is a human being, just like you, and they’re only doing their job.

Throughout the interview, even when you’re on a weakness question, make sure that you always have a smile on your face and you speak clearly and concisely.

Brenda Berg is a professional with over 15 years of experience. Consultant and tutor for college students and entrepreneurs. She believes that constant learning is the only way to success. You can visit her personal blog at