How to Answer "What do people most often criticize about you?" Interview Question
In order to grow and improve in your career, you must be open to criticism as a method of identifying and therefore, eradicating your weaknesses. You should never answer this question by saying you are not criticised because you have no weaknesses.
Everyone has room for improvement and this question can help you show that you are capable of dealing with criticism. You could always try to show ways in which you are attempting to address the problems and weaknesses that have been identified with your character. However, don’t go too extreme and mention weaknesses that could have a seriously detrimental effect on your prospects of getting the job.
An example answer could be to say,
"I have been criticised about occasionally being too outspoken and forceful in putting my ideas to the group. It was always done with the best of intentions but I am aware that I must be mindful about how I put my point across. In order to improve on this, I always take a notepad and pen into meetings. Now I can put my ideas to paper and therefore will not forget them. This enables me to wait for a more appropriate opportunity to press my point."
This answer will show the interviewer that you have given this issue serious consideration. Furthermore, they will be impressed with your efforts to turn a weakness into a strength.
Another answer can be:
I sometimes talk over people: “People have said I sometimes interrupt people, so I have been really concentrating on making sure to wait until people speak before countering their argument. I only do it because I’m keen to solve the problem, and don’t often need all the back story that some customers feel the need to give.”
By doing your homework on this company you should be able to get a good picture of the type of employee they are looking for. Make sure you tailor your answer to suit this model. Although this is a negative question, if you can give a positive and confident answer it will be reflected in your projection to the interviewer.