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Another Tricky Interview Question...
At my last interview, they asked me what people criticize about me. I was stumped. I’m not perfect, but my friends rarely say mean things to my face. What should I have said?
This interview question is a variation on the theme of “What is your greatest weakness?”
The question isn’t as mean as it seems. They are checking for self-awareness. Of course you aren’t perfect; nobody is. Even the interviewer isn’t perfect, and should not expect that of you.
But are you aware of some areas that need improvement? And if so, what are you doing about it?
Are you working on a bad habit, or improving an existing one? Are you taking a course to develop a new skill? Are you reading up on a topic that will be useful in the new job (assuming you get it)? Are you experimenting with LinkedIn or Instagram? Enhancing your personal brand? Taking up a relevant hobby? Learning a foreign language?
If not, now is the time to start. Give some thought to your goals. What would be worth the effort to improve? Ask people who know you well what you could improve on (maybe framing as an interview question you struggled with.)
You could also try out 360 Reach (www.reachcc.com); it will survey several people you identify, who can anonymously comment on you.
However you handle this question in an actual interview, don’t stop with a fault. Tell what you’re doing to improve the situation. Be humble and honest, but not overly humble.