How to answer "About" Questions
Why are recruiters asking this?
Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. If you’re not aware of things you need to improve, then you don’t seem self-aware or honest. No one is perfect. But you can strike a balance in responding to this type of question.
So what can you say?
-“I’m a perfectionist” is unoriginal and cliché. Instead you can say “I sometimes focus on small details instead of long-term goals.”
-“I work too hard” has a similar feel – seems like you’re trying to please and it’s hard to describe. Instead you can describe how you’re trying to use technology to work more efficiently (for example automatically scheduling meetings).
In any instance be sure to tell a story and try to quantify where possible. One person’s view of “too long” or “too much” is another person’s “too little” and “too short”!
Checklist for a great answer
In my first role as a manager of a sales team, I was responsible for a team of 3 people who were all around my same age. In addition to this role, I was continuing to manage my own accounts. Doing both seemed stressful, and I had previously received feedback that I could improve my time management.
I was happy to be promoted but unsure of how to establish the relationship among my former colleagues and manage my own time so I wasn’t working excessive hours (usually 60+ hours per week). I decided to set 2 check-in meetings with my team each week. With a fixed appointment, I didn’t feel like a micromanager, and my team could also anticipate these times to bring forward issues. Ultimately it is a more efficient use of everyone’s time and helped me to transition into the role as manager.