This thread got me thinking… I’m looking for a job again, and face-to-face interviews have so far not been my strong suit. My main problem before was lack of confidence, but I think I have that taken care of. My other problem (which often feeds the confidence problem) is that I’ve never been able to come up with a satisfactory (to me, anyway) answer to this stupid question that always seems to come up at interviews.
So, I’m turning to my fellow dopers for help on this one: Just what are interviewers looking for when they ask “What’s your greatest weakness?” I can never think of anything that doesn’t either make me sound like a conceited jerk or completely unemployable (“I had some serious rage issues, but they’re almost under control now.”)
Since I can see the direction this will probably take, I’ll split it into two questions: What kind of answer would you give in a real interview, and what kind of answer would you really like to give?