Most HR representatives and headhunters agree on one thing: that few candidates arrive at the interview prepared to answer the one question that is almost always asked, “What is your greatest weakness?” Related: How To Answer “What’s Your Greatest Weakness?” Although the question is seldom phrased like that anymore, it doesn’t matter how they word it because the response has to be the same. The interviewer wants you to tell them your weakness, where you need to improve, where you’re not as strong in technical skills or management experience, or something. Candidates get flustered with this question more than any other, and for no good reason.

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I’m going to delve into a little bit of grammar here, but don’t be afraid; I won’t go too far. We’re not going to diagram sentences or discuss split infinitives or any such nonsense. All we’re going to do is talk about the most confusing words on a resume...

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There are plenty of candidates for inclusion as the worst resume mistake—after all, resumes are rife with mistakes. But one mistake tops them all. Which one?

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