Interview Question: How do you want to improve yourself in the next year?

How do you want to improve yourself in the next yearDon’t freak out when you hear this classic interview question. There is no particular right answer to this. However, you should be careful — you don’t want to be misunderstood.

This question doesn’t require an in-depth explanation of your flaws. The employer just needs to know what you see as potential problems and how you plan to address them. There’s no need to give a lot of details as long as you can get your point across clearly.

Here are some tips on how to address your shortcomings like a pro:

Stay calm. Don’t let the nerves take over when you hear this question. Never be afraid to reveal any shortcoming for the fear of seeming unqualified for the job.

At the same time, avoid giving vague answers that will raise suspicions. Be honest and reveal a fixable flaw.

Remember that there’s no single person inside any company that’s perfect. Everyone has faults and weaknesses, no matter how excellent their job performance may be.

Look at the big picture. This question is usually asked by the interviewer to evaluate the self-awareness of applicants and the severity of their shortcomings. Identify how you can improve your flaws and turn them into something positive that will benefit the company.

Never say that you don’t have any weaknesses. This answer never puts you at an advantage, no matter how qualified and skilled you are in your chosen field.

Tie your answers into the position. Choose an appropriate shortcoming to discuss with the interviewer and think about the requirements of the job you are applying for. Focus more on the areas that aren’t fully connected to the job’s requirements. The more unrelated your flaw is, the faster it will be forgotten by the employer. (Of course, always be honest in stating your weakness instead of making up one.)

Provide a plan. Have a strategy that is realistic that will help you deal with specific shortcomings professionally. You can address a specific issue and talk about the steps to help you overcome your weaknesses. Having the ability to solve problems logically and independently will help potential employers remember you among the rest of the candidates.

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 80,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.