How to Answer the Toughest Interview Question

“What would you say is your biggest weakness?” It’s one of, if not the, most popular and most challenging interview question that job-seekers encounter.  No one’s perfect, and the last place you want to talk about your flaws is when you’re trying to land a job.  Here are a few ways to have the odds in your favor when you have to answer that question:

  • Prepare for an answer- Plan ahead.  Make sure your response is honest, brief and, if possible, not a fault of your character.  For instance, “My biggest weakness is that my professional network is in Atlanta, but I’m looking to relocate to the D.C. area.”
  • Get input- Run your answer by a few close friends and current colleagues that you trust.  Make sure it sounds reasonable.
  • Ask a question back- Most interviewees want to spend as little time as possible answering and expanding on this question, so a great way to deflect attention from you is to end your response with a question for the interviewer.