DON’T FORGET YOUR WEAKNESSES!
If you are asked the question, it is practically compulsory to “disclose” one or more weaknesses, but always in a professional context. Absolute control of what an applicant says, revealing nothing about his personality, generates mistrust rather than confidence.
But don't put yourself down either. If appropriate, think about explaining how you try to cope and correct yourself by using the example of an actual situation within the company. Which will help you demonstrate your qualities (perseverance, ability to challenge, etc.).
Example of “acceptable” weaknesses which can be used to illustrate a situation in a professional context:
“I recognise my tendency to get stressed, I take things too much to heart, making them personal, I am a little too demanding”, and so on.
Even being too nice, with a touch of humour (again if appropriate!) can help break the ice. Illustration. In an interview, the recruiter asks: “What kind of manager are you? “ The applicant replies: “I'm keen on participative management, too keen, I may be a little too nice, according to my assistant. But for now, it doesn’t mean things are aren’t working. “ By asking him for an example, the recruiter realised that this manager did not share the company's collective hysteria, where shouting was the norm. Quite a good point!
Examples of answers to avoid
I'm not very organised, but I make sure this isn't noticed at work.
I don’t really think I have any weaknesses, I’m quite an easy person to get on with and am efficient at work.
Oh, that’s a tricky question! (Followed by a litany of weaknesses and qualities learnt off by heart) and so on.