How to Answer the Toughest Interview Question

"What is your greatest weakness?" We're glad you asked.

From Emily Co on PopSugar :​"What's your greatest weakness?"

1. Don’t give a cop-out answer

Everyone has heard the response “I am too much of a perfectionist” or “I simply work too hard.” Even if these answers are true for you, they'll come across as tired and cliché.

2. Tell the truth

Dig deep within yourself and try to identify your true professional weaknesses. To help you brainstorm, think of some challenges you faced in old jobs, or think about constructive criticism you have received from past managers. Your interviewer will respect your honesty.

3. Make sure your weakness is not a deal-breaker

Avoid bringing up a weakness that would hurt your chances of getting the job. For example, if you are applying to a position in HR or sales, don’t say you are not good with people.

4. Show what you're doing to improve upon your weakness

Talk about the steps you have taken--and are continuing to take—to overcome your weakness. This is your chance to show the interviewer that you're both willing to admit your shortcomings and proactively working to better yourself; two qualities of an excellent employee.