The classic answer to the interview question “What’s your biggest weakness?” is all too often, “I’m too much of a perfectionist”. Whilst, obviously not a weakness, giving this answer is a way of converting a question that invites self-deprecation, into an opportunity for self-aggrandisement.
After all, we all agree that being a perfectionist – being completely focused on ensuring everything you do is absolutely perfect – will make companies desperate to hire you, ensure you are productive and ultimately lead to a long, successful career, right?
Actually, no, not necessarily.
Perfectionism is a complex concept, much more so than