Do you have an upcoming job interview? Check out my example answer to interview question: “What would you change about yourself?” or “What would you like to improve about yourself?” Down below you’ll also find some useful tips for answering this question!
The reason why interviewers ask this question is to find out about a candidate’s weakness(es), ability to perform self-assessment and then evaluate if the profile is still compatible with the needs of the position. In essence, it’s a modified version of the “What is your greatest weakness?” interview question.
√ Do prepare for self-improvement interview questions. Think about a genuine weakness and how you’ll turn it into a strength. You can also start with a strength and inform them how you’d like to leverage that specific skill.
√ Do avoid generic answers and clichés like: “I am a perfectionist and sometimes tend to be too hard on myself.” or “I’m kind of a workaholic and sometimes push myself too hard.”
X Don’t say you don’t want to change anything, or that you’ve never thought about it. That will only prove your lack of self-awareness and self-improvement.
X Don’t point out a weakness that will affect your performance on the job. For example, if you seek a position in sales, you don’t want to inform the interviewer about interpersonal weaknesses.