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Tell me one thing about yourself that you would like to improve upon.

1 of 20 Personal Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on February 4th, 2019 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
How to Answer

The interviewer would like to know in which way(s) you seek to improve yourself. This question is another way of asking 'What is your greatest weakness?' Saying 'nothing' is not an option here. Self-improvement is required by everyone, no matter what stage we are in, in life and career. Talk to the interviewer about something that you would improve about yourself and what you are planning to do to achieve that.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"I would like to improve upon my computer skills. I am currently at an intermediate level with Microsoft Office Suite but would like to advance. I have enrolled in a class this Fall which should help me to reach that goal."

Admin
Answer example

"I would like to improve my skills when it comes to Google's online office tools. I am somewhat familiar with G-Suite but not familiar enough considering I believe these tools are where office management is going. Google offers online tutorials, so I plan to start taking these modules next week."

Manager
Answer example

"Everyone needs improvement in some way. For me, I would like to work on improving my typing skills. I am so accustomed to working on the floor, as a hands-on manager, that I spend very little time in my office on the computer. Being a 'two-finger' typer makes my documentation and report writing tasks a bit more time consuming than I would like."

Marketing
Answer example

"If I could improve anything about myself I would choose to improve my delegation skills. As a creative type, I tend to jump right into a project, thinking that I can do it all. And, I do succeed; however, implementing more of a teamwork mentality never hurts either."

Retail
Answer example

"I believe that post-secondary education is crucial and, unfortunately, I did not get the opportunity to go to university. I think it would greatly help me in my retail career to have formal education as that is often a question on job applications. I plan to take online courses in the evening and weekends to complete my degree in business administration and communications."

Sales
Answer example

"I have been thinking about this recently - about how I can improve myself in the workplace and also as an individual. I plan to work on my networking skills this year. I will start with attending more sales related events in the city and getting to know more business owners in the area. This plan can only increase my opportunities when it comes to meeting potential new clients."

Teacher
Answer example

"I would like to expand my coaching and mentoring skills. As an educator, I find that I spend a lot of my time not only teaching, but putting out fires associated with my students' personal lives. School is where they spend the majority of their day, so of course, it makes sense that their personal issues would come up in this setting as well."

Financial Analyst
Answer example

"I would like to improve upon my computer skills. I am currently at an intermediate level with Microsoft Office Suite but would like to advance. I have enrolled in a class this Fall which should help me to reach that goal."

Journalist
Answer example

"I would like to learn more about writing with persuasion. I feel that I have a good amount of skill in persuasive writing; however, my delivery could be tighter. I found an online course called 'Writing with Impact' and plan to begin it later this week."

Statistician
Answer example

"I completed my Bachelor of Mathematics at MIT and would grade my experience as 10/10. If I could choose any area to improve my skills, coming out of university, I would choose to take additional coursework on topology and chaos theory."

Sound Engineering Technicians
Answer example

"The areas of sound engineering I would like to improve upon are (X areas as per the job posting) because I don't have experience with these areas in a professional capacity. However, I have experience with these areas in a volunteer capacity, even though minimal, as I (X equivalent experience in a volunteer capacity). Because of this experience, I know I will be able to successfully perform in a work environment while developing my skills in these areas."

Medical Assistant
Answer example

"I actually took a course as an EKG tech a couple of years ago and have kept that certification current. My most recent employer used me to perform all of the EKGs in his office."

Veterinarian
Answer example

"I think one of my biggest weaknesses is that I can get sidetracked easily. I recognize that in myself and have made a conscious effort to plan my day as much as possible and to stay on target."

ABA Therapist
Answer example

"Public speaking has always been a weakness of mine. I've asked my current supervisor to keep me in mind whenever there is an opportunity to address a group of people so I can work on making this one of my strengths."

Campus Tour Guides
Answer example

"I have been practicing projecting my voice so that everyone can hear me loud and clear when I am giving a tour. I had a couple of students tell me that they were having difficulty hearing me the last time I led a tour, so I have made a point to be more enthusiastic and raise my voice just a little bit louder."

Assistant Principal
Answer example

"I would make myself a super-speed reader to breeze through my emails quicker each day which would allow me to have more time to spend interacting with my students and teachers."

Accounting Clerk
Answer example

"There was a month end when I found an error my manager had made. He asked me to adjust the balances to hide it. I told him I didn't feel comfortable with that and after some convincing, he let me adjust the balances to show the error, which we explained. No one got in trouble due to the low amount."

Sous Chef
Answer example

"I have had a small amount of training in French patisserie and would love to master this skill even further. I have looked at attending The French Pastry School for a weekend course."

Bailiff
Answer example

"I believe my greatest weakness is that it is hard for me to stop working when there is more to do. I am very focused in my work and wish to complete all tasks by the end of each day. However, it isn't always possible to do so. To improve in that area, I do my best to prioritize and use daily to-do lists to keep track of my duties so that I can get to work as soon as I get to the office in the morning."

Cosmetologist
Answer example

"I have been practicing updo hairstyles because I want to do hair for weddings and work with event planners. I wasn't great at them at first, but the more I practice the better I get. I like the challenge of working with different hair types and learning creative ways to make beautiful designs."

Human Resource Specialist
Answer example

"Because I have career aspirations toward being a leader in the HR industry, self-improvement is largely important to me. Currently, I am attending a course to obtain my certification in HR (PHR, SPHR, etc.). I regularly network with relevant networks and associations in the HR field through LinkedIn or SHRM. Most importantly, I am an avid reader of books in the HR field, industry news and any items that will accelerate my knowledge of the larger business world."

Blood Bank Laboratory Technician
Answer example

"Blood has several functions. One primary function is to transport oxygen to the lungs and nutrients throughout the body. It also removes waste products such as carbon dioxide, urea and lactic acid from the body."

3D Animator
Answer example

"I believe I could improve on some technical skills including (a) and (b). Currently I am at a beginner to intermediate level; however, I would be more comfortable at an advanced level. I have enrolled myself in an evening/weekend workshop for the next six weeks. We will see how stellar my skills are after that course!"

Pharmaceutical Sales
Answer example

"I'm learning to say "

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
First written on: 01/09/2017
Last modified on: 02/04/2019

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