Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Monday, February 29, 2016
Ahhhh yes, the old what's your weakness question. The tried and true method of making an interview temporarily uncomfortable, unless of course you have prepped for it, which you always should. So good on you for doing your homework.
Being prepared to answer this question should have multiple layers. When the interviewer asks it, what are you talking about? Keep your response contextual. Don't introduce problematic possibilities with your answer, but do give examples of how you've turned your weakness into a viable solution to a problem or how you've managed beyond the weakness.
Typically the driving force behind an interview is being able to see the candidate in the job. Do you have the needed skills, education, experience? Awesome! Now, do you have the traits that fit the cultural aspects of the workplace? Those are the intangibles that a question like "What are your weaknesses?" is aiming to answer. Are you a person who can handle interruption, multiple priorities, loud environments? Are you someone who seeks collaboration or a solo artist? There are so many ways to look at how your response can steer an impression.
You'll do great! Best of luck!