If you are unprepared for these questions it is hard to answer the weakness question without being detrimental to yourself.
Keeping in mind that negative information has greater significance than positive, you don’t have answer the question, you have only to respond to it.
The following process can help:
- Decide on a weak trait that is true and extend this until it becomes a fault.
- Indicate that it was in the past and that you have overcome it.
- Confirm that you are aware of it and it is no longer a problem.
- Stay silent.
“I strive very hard to reach targets and push myself quite hard at work. The problem in my previous management job was that I expected the same, high level of results from my subordinates. I quickly realised that not everyone performs at their best under close supervision so it was a good lesson to learn.”
This example wraps your weakness up into an attractive quality. What was the weakness given? That the candidate had a strong work ethic and produced high quality results. The above statement also indicated that the candidate learnt from a previous mistake and was aware of their personality traits.
At this point, do not offer another example of a weakness. Only offer one, and if they specifically ask for another use an “attention to detail” or “over-committed” line.