Harvard Business Review columnist Priscilla Claman has written an excellent column on managing that terrible question that is often thrown up in interviews: 'What is your weakness?'
Run your answer by a couple of critical friends or colleagues to make sure it sounds reasonable. When asked the question, end your answer by asking the interviewer a question, so that the attention is deflected away from your answer. READ MORE
Here are her tips:
- Prepare an answer that is true, trivial, brief, and not a fault. Some examples:
- My biggest weakness is that my professional network is in San Francisco, but I am looking for a job in Boston to be with my fiancé.
- My biggest weakness is that my undergraduate degree is from a college that has a good reputation in the East, but is not well-known in the Midwest.
- My biggest weakness is that while I'm great at advocating for something I believe in, I find it uncomfortable to talk about myself.