It’s one of the most common interview questions, and one of the most difficult to answer: “What is your greatest weakness?”

It feels like a trap. If you answer honestly, you’re admitting to something that could potentially turn off an employer. If you say “I have no weaknesses. I am perfect,” the employer will know you are either a liar or totally lacking in self awareness, and dismiss you outright. You have to say something.

Bad: “I steal lunches out of the office refrigerator, have anger issues and a drug problem, and am actually quite lazy.”

Good: “I can get frustrated when the product isn’t up to my standards,” or “I could be better at coding.”

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