Comprehensive List of Professional Weaknesses

Comprehensive List of Professional Weaknesses


One of the most dreaded interview questions a candidate can face is being asked to identify their weaknesses. It's a question that always seems to go one of two ways;

An unmitigated disaster as a total lack of self awareness makes you blurt out something along the lines of, "Gosh, well I'd say I'm just too much of a perfectionist!!"


The candidate has spent some time in genuine self reflection and is able to show what was once a negative character trait has now become an area for continual self-improvement

But, let's not jump ahead of ourselves. Before you can start to work on improving yourself and counteracting your weaknesses, you first have to identify them. This can be tough as we human beings aren't always great at self reflection. We have a tendency to either not see our flaws at all or to inflate them to such an exaggerated extent in our own heads that we think everyone must be judging us all of the time.

So below is a simple list of as many weaknesses and flaws as we could muster, scan through and see if any of these might apply to you.

List of Weaknesses

  • Impatient
  • Self-critical
  • Lacks assertiveness
  • Takes feedback/criticism personally
  • Stubborn
  • Too Competitive
  • Too details focused
  • Impulsive
  • Shy
  • Passive
  • Procrastinator
  • Easily bored
  • Indecisive
  • Easily frustrated
  • Tries to please everyone
  • Poor time management
  • Struggles to adapt to change
  • Blunt
  • Avoids conflict
  • Cannot multitask
  • Disorganised
  • Can't delegate
  • Limited experience
  • Lack of learned skills and qualifications
  • Poor communicator
  • Fearful
  • Rude
  • Arrogant
  • Cynical
  • Loose-tongued
  • Naive
  • Negative attitude
  • Too hesitant
  • Too reckless
  • Conventional
  • Overbearing
  • Control freak
  • Indifferent
  • Inflexible
  • Vague
  • Can't see the bigger picture
  • Slow learner
  • Aimless
  • Aloof
  • Pushy
  • Possessive of work
  • Humourless
  • Defensive
  • Boastful
  • Judgemental
  • Careless
  • Quick to anger
  • Thoughtless
  • Uptight
  • Panics under pressure
  • Cynical
  • Self-centred
  • Domineering
  • Dogmatic
  • Unpredictable
  • Sullen
  • Unsure
  • Gives up easily
  • Taking on more work than they can handle
  • Too invested in the job
  • Poor work/life balance
  • Doesn't know when to ask for help
  • Afraid to take risks
  • Lacks creativity
  • Being too critical of others work
  • Poor public speaker
  • Insecure
  • Self-involved
  • Cannot work independently
  • Cannot work well in a team
  • Lacks consistency
  • Poor networker
  • Poor attention to detail
  • Intimidating
  • Insincere
  • Withdrawn
  • Pessimistic
  • Sets unrealistic goals

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