The truth is that there is no one response, however there are thoughtful ways to discuss both strengths and weaknesses that are different from the typical generic answers many employers view as a cop-out.
It's OK that I'm not where I want to be with my business. It's OK that I hide like a coward from taking that bigger step. It's OK that I still occasionally believe the crappy thoughts I think about myself and others. I am where I am, I'm on my way. I'm noticing. I'm realizing my self.
The fundamental lessons I learned on the basketball court have shaped the way I handle pressure, success and failure in the business world. Competitive sports equipped me with the tools I need to thrive in Corporate America and beyond.
Why is kindness linked with weakness? Is it possible to be kind as well as smart, successful and powerful? Are they mutually exclusive? Of course, the answer to the last question is "no" -- these qualities are not mutually exclusive at all.
Most human beings are comfortable sharing their strengths with the world. I invite you to also boast about your core issues. Make peace with them. Don't let them rule you but share them with loved ones.
If you have weakness, fatigue and pain with no identifiable physical or psychological cause, your unconscious brain may be wreaking havoc on your insight due to the anxiety that you cannot feel as anxiety.
These aren't our mothers' friendships, where women were hesitant to disclose unhappiness or weakness. Female friendships today are filled with expectations -- the sense that "we're all in it together."