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What’s your biggest weakness?

This is an interview classic, but although you know it’s coming, it’s never easy to craft the perfect answer. So we spoke to job and career experts to break down interview questions we’ve all come to know and dread — and got great advice on how you can tackle each one.

“Don’t try to use a cliché like your weakness is that you’re a workaholic. No one will believe that answer,” says Melanie Benwell, managing director of Canadian recruitment firm PathWorks Personnel. Instead,  author and president of Penguin HR Consulting Ronald Katz says just be honest. ”Honestly tell the interviewer what it is that you don’t do best. No one can do everything perfectly.”

For guidelines for this and three other questions, check out 4 Common Interview Questions — And How to Answer Them [sub req'd].

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