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Thu Mar 12, 2015, 07:39 AM

INTERVIEW TODAY - can you help with an answer?

I've never known how to answer the question "what is your greatest weakness?"

I've always had an answer but they've always seemed lame. "Too organized" (not possible), "patient to a fault" (not possible), etc.

I don't wish for you to answer the question for me as you don't know me, but any advice you can offer to direct me would be welcome.

Thanks so much.

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Reply INTERVIEW TODAY - can you help with an answer? (Original post)
Bertha Venation Mar 2015 OP
PoliticAverse Mar 2015 #1
alphafemale Mar 2015 #2
mackerel Mar 2015 #17
steve2470 Mar 2015 #3
underahedgerow Mar 2015 #4
Phentex Mar 2015 #6
KMOD Mar 2015 #5
sharp_stick Mar 2015 #7
cwydro Mar 2015 #11
hibbing Mar 2015 #8
raccoon Mar 2015 #13
Chan790 Mar 2015 #19
Special Prosciuto Mar 2015 #9
progressoid Mar 2015 #10
dr.strangelove Mar 2015 #12
elleng Mar 2015 #14
Ron Obvious Mar 2015 #15
Enrique Mar 2015 #16
riderinthestorm Mar 2015 #18
Myrina Mar 2015 #20
whistler162 Mar 2015 #21

Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 07:52 AM

1. "If I knew, I'd fix it". n/t

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 08:05 AM

2. Bacon. nt

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Response to alphafemale (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 11:26 PM

17. LMAO!!!!!!!!!!! I'm stealing that!

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 08:08 AM

3. Hmm... " I don't know how to answer difficult questions like this" ? nt

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 08:19 AM

4. Always choose a 'fixable' weakness such as

I get nervous when speaking in front of large groups. The solution, 'so when I have to do this, I practice in front of the mirror and my friends'.

Choose a genuine but quite neutral weakness and then the steps you take to overcome it.

Impatience, being too direct, delegation, etc.

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Response to underahedgerow (Reply #4)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 08:39 AM

6. a real one for me is impatience with others...

I want people to work quickly like I do.

I hate when people drag all day to get back to me about something and then show up at my desk about a minute before I am walking out the door.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 08:25 AM

5. Good Luck, Bertha

 

Those questions are always awkward.

How about, some may say I'm a stickler for detail, but my focus is to not only get the job done on time, but to get it done right.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 12:25 PM

7. Here's one



I like the previous post about public speaking, it's something that you can follow up with "but I work around it by practicing with team members".

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Response to sharp_stick (Reply #7)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 01:50 PM

11. This is hilarious.

Saved.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 01:21 PM

8. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Ugh, I always hate that one! I certainly wasn't able to become overlord of the place I was applying for so there was really no "climbing the ranks" available,

I like what others have posted about finding a natural weakness that a lot of people have and then providing some explanation of how you overcame it or have tried to.

Good luck!

Peace

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Response to hibbing (Reply #8)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 02:09 PM

13. Retired! nt

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Response to hibbing (Reply #8)

Fri Mar 13, 2015, 12:19 PM

19. I had the best answer for that one...

 

"On vacation in Ibiza paid for by the company in appreciation of my exceptional work."

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 01:45 PM

9. Turn it into a non-employment related positive.

 

A favorite food or pet, for example.

I've always thought this question was designed to make you sweat over some possible past mistake, real or not.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 01:46 PM

10. "Kittens. I think they are delicious"

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 01:52 PM

12. I always say Kryptonite

I usually make a joke of it

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 02:47 PM

14. 'Too honest!'

Hope things go/have gone well, BV!

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 08:15 PM

15. I sometimes demand too much of others

I hold people to the same standards I set for myself, and that sometimes causes problems.

Hard one to pull off, though Good luck.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 08:42 PM

16. "I'm a terrible employee"

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri Mar 13, 2015, 11:07 AM

18. So did they ask the question? If so how did you answer? Nt

 

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri Mar 13, 2015, 12:59 PM

20. Take your biggest weakness and turn it into a positive for the company ...

Mine is patience.

So, in an interview I would respond "I sometimes am so excited to learn new things or take on new projects that I don't allow myself time to observe thoroughly or learn all of the ins/outs and I get frustrated with myself for not knowing more, sooner."

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri Mar 13, 2015, 08:17 PM

21. 42

it is always the correct answer.

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