If you had to pick one trait about yourself that you are not overly proud of, what would it be? The interviewer would like to get a great idea of the 'real' you. Talk a bit about something that you are working on within yourself, but avoid mentioning a trait that would disqualify you for the position.
Some of the most common personality traits that people dislike include:
- Being a 'know-it-all.'
- Rudeness or arrogance
- Dominating conversations
- Moodiness or being temperamental
"I try to be a good person, but sometimes I can be unintentionally sharp with my comments. My friends say it's my Polish upbringing but either way, I would never want someone to feel uncomfortable around me. I am very conscious of my words now."
"There are many wonderful traits that I will bring to your organization but, like everyone, I have a couple of traits that I would like to improve on. It was brought to my attention recently that I am too brief when giving instructions. I was training a temp and missed some steps because I assumed she already knew what to do. I am consciously trying to be more thorough in situations like that."
"I am on my phone a lot, on my personal time. Even when I am not working, I am checking my emails or taking client calls. My children have started to pick up the same habits, so for that reason, I am working on being more present, and in the moment when it is family time."
"One personal trait that I would change about myself, if I could, would be the fact that I dislike reading. I love to listen to audiobooks, podcasts, and take advantage of other educational resources; however, to sit still and read a book is difficult for me. I promised myself that I would read more, starting with one new book per month."
"I tend to take rejection too personally which is something that I am working to improve. When working in retail, it isn't a good look to have your feelings hurt too often! I am thickening my skin a bit. I like to take the feedback that I receive and improve myself as much as possible."
"I know that sometimes I can turn to humor at inappropriate times. It's a little quirk that I have been working on improving. This situation does not happen in a professional setting as much as it does in my personal life."
"At times, I get very wrapped up in my work and forget to reciprocate a favor or say thank you. I am very grateful to my friends and family and have started to exercise more verbal gratitude."