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Old 05-17-2004, 11:36 PM   #1
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Normal what's your weakness?

How do you answer that STUPID interview question? I hate it! I have a pretty good answer but it always comes out wrong. Who is really going to say an actually weakness anyways?

I have an interview tomorrow morning and I'm sure someone will ask that question. I hope it's the first one so I can get it out of the way!
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Old 05-17-2004, 11:37 PM   #2
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I've never had them ask me that That's messed up.
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Old 05-17-2004, 11:43 PM   #3
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you pick something that could be interpreted as being a strength. ie., you say that you're too persistant and you work too hard sometimes.
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Old 05-17-2004, 11:48 PM   #4
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the book I have says to say that I'm a very hard worker and expect everyone around me to work just as hard...or something like that. But I always end up saying it wrong. And on the last interview the guy then asked what I do when I know someone on my team isn't working as hard as me. I dont' know what I said but I know it was awful.
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that is a odd interview question. they would not hire me if I told them my weaknesses.
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Old 05-18-2004, 12:32 AM   #6
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just tell them that U2 is your weakness


j/k. you probably shouldn't tell them that.
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This is the question that can make or break it for you.

A good way to answer this question is two-fold. First state what the weakness is and then the steps you have taken to correct it.
use an example that involves the workplace. Everyone has weaknesses, your potential employer is looking for red flags that might stop you from being able to do the job you were hired for. Stay away from personal things like 'I'm not a morning person' or 'I really like beer'.

Good luck
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IWB made a good suggestion. Someone told me once to use something very neutral like saying "I dont have the paper to show my experience and I feel even though I have these skills in blah blah blah, I would like to achieve many more things in this area such as [course blah blah]".
It's a worry as you can never tell how an interviewer will interpret what you say.

Good luck arw
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yes, I used to say the same thing as IWB suggested

unless I had already decided during the interview that I didn't want to work there
then I said I had sex on my mind the entire day
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It's simple. Don't admit you have any weakness. Employers want superman anyway, so why not give it to them?

They'll learn soon enough, when their new gung-ho hero employee turns out to be merely human, just like the last 40 or so whose jobs were exported to Bangladesh.
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I've been asked that a couple of times. I think I answered with something along the lines of 'I sometimes take too much work on, and find it difficult to say no when peope ask me to do things'

It was worded better than that though
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i always say I'm a perfectionist and sometimes get caught up in the details and have to remind myself of the big picture and what the main goal is here.
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Old 05-18-2004, 07:35 AM   #13
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UGH I hate that question. I've been asked that one time and I didn't know what to say. So I said that my greatest weakness was that my work had to be perfect. I was asked this for a job at a grocery store. Go figure LOL
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yes, I used to say the same thing as IWB suggested

unless I had already decided during the interview that I didn't want to work there
then I said I had sex on my mind the entire day


Say your weakness is not being able to come up with answers to interview questions asking what your weakness is.
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good luck!

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This is the question that can make or break it for you.

A good way to answer this question is two-fold. First state what the weakness is and then the steps you have taken to correct it.
use an example that involves the workplace. Everyone has weaknesses, your potential employer is looking for red flags that might stop you from being able to do the job you were hired for. Stay away from personal things like 'I'm not a morning person' or 'I really like beer'.

Good luck
Fah has nailed it here. I have gone through "Interview coaching" and all of the coaching I have had has told me to answer the question like this. The "coaching" has also said, like others have said here, is to find a "strength as a weakness" such as "overachiever" or "taking on to many projects."

Like Fah said, always provide examples and solutions. They call it "behavioral-based interviewing" and the interviewers are looking for SPECIFIC examples and exactly how you dealt with the problem and what the outcome of the problem was.

Most "big" companies use this interviewing technique.

~ "zoney!"
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