Any little thing can turn an interview against you so you really need to be prepared to be the 'perfect candidate' for the job. Common interview questions such as 'What are your weaknesses?' can turn the entire interview into a nightmare if you don't have a back up plan.
Turning a negative into a positive is not easy but remember you only need one good answer for this common interview question. The more you rehearse your answers, the better off you will be in the interview.
Here is a great example:
Weakness turned to strength: Perfectionist
Digging deeper into this specific characteristic, being a perfectionist, is a great opportunity to use the 'Interview Story Method'. Tell the hiring manager about a time that you persevered during many challenges sounds much better in the interview than just telling the interviewer that you are a perfectionist.
Choosing to use the word 'perfectionist' in your interview puts you at risk of being labeled by the interviewer as being stubborn or slow. Being a perfectionist can imply that you need more time to complete simple objectives and often draw out unimportant tasks.
To use the strengths of perfectionism to your advantage in an interview, you can explain how you strive for excellence and can identify which tasks or objectives require more attention than others. Remembering to use a good example such as a story to clarify specifics with the hiring manager can help you to avoid being labeled as a perfectionist.
Explaining in the interview that at one time you were referred to as a perfectionist by a supervisor or co worker until they got to know you better by working with you. They reallized that they could count on you for vital details such as last minute information required in a meeting for example.
Remember that you have good experience, let the hiring manager know that in the interview. Promote yourself in the best light possible- everytime- for maximum results when dealing with common interview questions.