Asking Candidates to Highlight Weaknesses

If you could improve two things about yourself, what would they be?

This is a great way to ask the weakness question, without directly asking it. For some candidates, it may get you a better, more honest response than just asking them their weaknesses per se. Follow ups on the responses should include asking how committed they are to improving in the areas identified, how they will do it and if they think they have attempted to address these before (and the results). Expect a good 5-10 minutes discussion from this one.