. What would you say is your greatest weakness?

What would you say is your greatest weakness?

Answer Tips

This is one of those slippery interview questions that, if you haven't given it a little thought beforehand, can catch you off guard. While it may be tempting, don't simply boast you're flawless. Instead, answer the question with a real weakness, albeit many experts advise it be a watered-down one. ''I generally tell people to answer this question by giving a quality that is not that bad,'' said Rachel Cohen, a talent advocate at Muses, Inc., a San Francisco recruiting company. Stybel suggests naming a flaw and the steps you've taken to overcome it. For example: ''In the past I've been impatient to tackle many big projects at once. I'm still ambitious, but I prioritize so everything gets done in the right order.'' Other suggested not-so-flawed flaws -- being excessively organized and deadline-driven.