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If you mention "Poor Interpersonal Skills" as a weakness, you are a gonner. All weaknesses need to be spun in a positive light -- showcasing how you were once weak and how you addressed those weaknesses.
"XYZ is currently learning in the area of people management. Although he had little training in this area, he has made rapid strides and recently completed ABC project by involving peers he had no authority over. His potential while not fully realized appears to be promising."
So should he give half BS answers that don't sound too bad. Or should he give some actual weaknesses that would put me in a bad light?
It doesn't have to be one or the other. As the example by saturn showed, it can be something that you are mediocre at (maybe because of a lack of experience), something thatâ€™s important, but also something that you can reasonably improve upon. Don't have them write about something that makes your character look bad (not a team player), or something that will make it difficult for you to succeed or contribute in school (poor interpersonal or analytical skills). Do you have average time management skills? Are you just learning how to manage staff? Do you have a tendency to defer to more senior team members? What improvement opportunities show up on your reviews? Those are all legit things but they don't "put you in a bad light."