Well, I don't know if it's good or bad, but I just try and be cautiously honest and answer the irritating questions honestly and throw in a little humor where appropriate...I know that is redundant advice, but I think that if I was an interviewer I'd get sick of all the canned responses; but the person who gave an honest answer and made us all chuckle; that candidate would stick out in my mind.
The weakness question
; this is what I've been know to say:
"oh boy...I knew THIS question was coming [chuckle] well, like all people I do have some weaknesses. I need to develop a thicker skin when being coached, I need to learn not to take professional
. These are things that I've been working on as I grow professionally, but I'm not perfect just yet [chuckle]"
The tell me about yourself question:
"I'm married to my wonderful husband ______ and we live on a small farm in ________; but I don't really have a green thumb, so that is interesting. [chuckle] We like to camp in the summer and go snowboarding in the winter. I like working out at the gym before work to keep my energy up for the day. I'm a vegetarian and kind of a health nut, but I don't like to cook, so that's interesting too! [chuckle] I'd be lying if I told you that being a dental hygienist was my life's dream and my life's passion; but I am very good at what I do and I do enjoy it most of the time; and the rest of the time you'd never know the difference! [chuckle]"
You do have to find your own style and selectively devulge information. For me rehearsing is just too over the top; but I do decide ahead of time which parts of my life they will and will not be hearing about. For instance, they don't need to know about my back problems or that I want to have kids in the next couple of years. I tend to interview well; so it must be working out OK!