Difficult Interview Question: What Would You Most Like to Improve About Yourself?

MAY 23, 2011 | BY MICAH

Questions about an applicant’s weaknesses are extremely common in job interviews. They are so common that they play a role at almost every interview in some form. Yet they may be asked in different ways, and when they are asked in different ways, you can answer them differently.

How to Answer

Improving yourself does not just have to be about biggest weaknesses. It can. It easily can. So if you want, you can provide a biggest weakness answer and you will ace the question. However, you are being asked about where you would like to improve, not what you are worst at. So you may also want to give an answer about how you would like to improve many things (even if they are not negative), as evidenced below.

Bad Answer

“I wish I was a better bowler. Spinning that ball down the lane. Oh man, that’s sweet right there. Sweet.”

Good Answer

“I would like to improve in every facet of my life. No matter how much I may excel at a particular skill or task, I believe I can always get better, and would like an opportunity to gain new experiences that will help me become better at anything I undertake. Does your company offer any extended training courses that I can take advantage of?”

Here you turn it around on the interviewer, making it a question about what they offer rather than a question of what you are bad at. Remember, a standard “biggest weakness” answer as described multiple times on this and other websites is an acceptable answer, but you may also use an answer like the one above if you like.

Take Away Interview Tips

  • “Biggest Weakness” answers are fine (weaknesses should not be too bad)
  • You can also turn it around on the interviewer.

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8 Responses to Difficult Interview Question: What Would You Most Like to Improve About Yourself?

  1. Ashish Sonawane March 19, 2015 at 3:08 am #

    my job is warehouse incharge

    my question are

    What are the areas you think you need to improve?

    please give me answer

    • Lia
      Lia April 7, 2015 at 8:52 pm #

      Hi Ashish, as a general rule the role of a warehouse manager includes:

      * Maintains receiving, warehousing, and distribution operations
      * Comply with all federal, state, and local regulations
      * Maintain a safe environment
      * Monitor security procedures
      * Control inventory
      * Achieve financial objectives
      * Schedule and assign employees
      * Maintain warehouse staff

      Choose one of these basic functions which is not critical to the role such as Employee Scheduling and talk about how you would like to improve the efficiency of the scheduling and your communication of the program to staff. This does not in any way imply you cannot execute the core elements of the role but shows you would like to improve your communication and people skills which are generally considered soft skills.

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  6. IRA March 18, 2016 at 4:34 pm #

    I am preparing for NIFT MFM entrance Interview so what could be good answer for the question

    Why you want to do Masters in fashion management and not conventional MBA.

    • Lia
      Lia March 21, 2016 at 1:08 pm #

      I think the best way to approach any question like this is to focus on your short term and long term goals. You must explain that the fashion industry is where you see yourself in the medium to long term and that a general MBA is too broad for the goals you have set yourself. From there, you must go on and explain what those goals are, and how the qualification helps you meet them.

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