If you have been asked a question "Mr. So So, what are your weaknesses?". And then you think on one, you are not prepared to tell, and suddenly you blew up the whole interview. These things do happen and yet matter alot, so HBR brought us the tip to amke sure you are comfortable while answering such questions.
- Prepare an answer. Yes, you need one. Make it brief, honest, trivial, and not a fault. If possible, use something out of your control. For example, "My biggest weakness is that my professional network is in Boston, but I'm looking to relocate to Los Angeles."
- Get input. Run your answer by a few friends and colleagues to make sure it sounds reasonable.
- Ask a question back. In the interview, deflect the attention away from you by ending your response with a question for the interviewer.