Being a perfectionist is good for your career, right?

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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

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