An often asked and penetrating question in
many interviews that requires self examination
and assessment in light of the company
culture and role for which one interviews
involves admitting weaknesses. Joann Lublin’s
WSJ article nicely reviews how several
interviewers have interpreted different
responses. She then offers solid suggestions
on what to think about and how to sell
yourself in your response.
Joann indicated that some responses like
being a perfectionist will be used against you.
Another response that might not play well in a
related question of having problems with any
aspects of the job is “No, I can do it all.”
This might portray as the nice article says
not being able to take criticism.
Five points I endorse about a response with
1 exclude using weakness in your statement
2 suggest a weakness that would not inhibit
you doing a good job or performing your
3 indicate your corrective steps
4 point out the benefits of what you obtained
after your personal improvement
5 understand that your body language will
also be gauged in your listening, your
calm while considering your response and
maintaining eye contact and smiling in
telling your response.