Do you have an upcoming job interview? Check out my example answer to the interview question: “What is one negative thing your previous boss would say about you?” Other questions that require a similar answer are: “What negative comment would your last manager say about you?” OR “How would your former employer describe you?“
The reason why interviewers ask this question is to test how you engage in self-critique. Are you too prideful and unable to improve yourself? Or, do you stay reasonable, calm and collected? It’s all about how you convey and describe your weakness. The sample answer can help you structure your own response:
√ Do mention one negative thing that can be fixed, corrected or improved on. Show that you are not embarrassed about your shortcomings, but that you actually welcome improvement. You are proactively working on whatever weakness you mention in your answer.
X Don’t avoid answering the question. At first, it might catch you off-guard, but you should not avoid talking about a difficult topic. The interviewer will notice that you are holding something back. As a result, you might come across as dishonest and not transparent.
X Don’t give an obvious strength in disguise. For example, “My previous employer would describe me as a workaholic” OR “My team would say I’m a perfectionist”
X Don’t say you’ve never thought about it. That will only prove your lack of self-awareness. Show the interviewer that you are a reasonable person with a healthy self-reflective personality.