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Joyce Lain Kennedy

Having trouble with a tricky interview question? Try these tactics

DEAR JOYCE: Recently, an interviewer asked me if I had ever been warned to improve my work performance. Who hasn't? How should I deal with that zinger if it comes up again? -- W.L.

This question can also be worded as: "What is your biggest weakness?" Consider four options:

1. Name a strength in disguise. "I tend to be too much of a perfectionist and was told to focus on quantity as well as quality."

2. Admit a behavior that got you in trouble but one that you overcame. Example: "I missed several deadlines at first but consulted with a time management coach. From then on I delivered my projects on time and on budget. It was a tough lesson but I...

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