"What are your weaknesses?"

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  1. BreakGuy macrumors 6502a

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    I absolutely dread this question when in a job interview situation. It's worse than the "Tell me about yourself" one.

    How do I identify my weaknesses. I don't want to sound cocky or anything, but I can't think of any weaknesses that are job related. I can't say I don't have any weaknesses otherwise I come off arrogant and don't get hired, but I can't say this and that and then not get hired because of it.

    Any tips on how to master this question or any interview tips at all?
     
  2. scottness macrumors 65816

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    My good looks often cause women to flirt with me, taking time away from the job. ;)
     
  3. (marc) macrumors 6502a

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    Tell them something absurd.

    Seriously, I hate that question. It's an invitation to either lie or tell them something that can be superficially considered a weakness but is supposed to sound positive.
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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    My awesomeness makes everyone else feel inferior (as well they should) :p

    Seriously, while you may get some honest responses, people in general do not like being brutally honest with themselves with such a sensitive subject, never mind posting it on an internet forum.

    I agree with (marc) with point.
     
  5. MorphingDragon macrumors 603

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    I was once at an interview for a retail job. The questions before already annoyed me a little so I started saying dumb things like a crippling need for sex every 3 hours.

    I got offered the job, but declined.
     
  6. bmacir macrumors 6502

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    You can say that your main weakness is that you cannot be honest at "what are your weaknesses" questions ;)
     
  7. BreakGuy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not saying I'm not honest. I'm trying to find a way to identify my own weaknesses.
     
  8. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    I find the best answer is one that actually could be looked as a strength. Say something like "My biggest weakness is I'm a perfectionist."
     
  9. (marc) macrumors 6502a

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    Except 99% of interviewees say that.
     
  10. eawmp1 macrumors 601

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    "Suffering fools who ask stupid interview questions."

    OP, whether true of not, come up with something that is not too damning, but can show you have capacity for self-assessment and growth. For example: "I sometimes take criticism too personally. However, this recognition has prompted me to pause when criticized and open a dialog with the evaluator to spot areas in which I can improve."
     
  11. bmacir macrumors 6502

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    ok, but not necessarily your weaknesses have to be job related...
     
  12. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    So? The question is BS anyway. I hated interviewers who just read off their little script from HR back when I was first starting out.
     
  13. MonkeySee.... macrumors 68040

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    Female employer: Whats your biggest weekness?

    Me: My massive penis. It can be such a burden sometimes.


    Instant Job.....as manager.
     
  14. Hastings101 macrumors 68020

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    My biggest weakness is my left knee. Hit it and I'm down :p
     
  15. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Exactly, the 99% who don't get the job.
     
  16. elistan macrumors 6502a

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    I work too hard, and expect too much from my co-workers.
     
  17. steve2112 macrumors 68040

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    Start twitching nervously, then answer "My weakness is that whenever someone asks me a really stupid question, I start twitching involuntarily." Then act like you don't even notice the twitching.
     
  18. rhett7660 macrumors G4

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    Shoot, upper management job or senior partner!!!!! :):D
     
  19. WoodNUFC macrumors 6502a

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    My biggest weakness is that I'm horribly punctual.


    :cool:
     
  20. Shrink macrumors G3

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  21. h1r0ll3r macrumors 68040

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    Wuss. I can take a perfectly straight, cylindrical, metal tipped, projectile flung from a bow at my knee and still be able to do my taxes, cook dinner and operate heavy machinery....all at the same time.
     
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    Kryptonite, apparently. Or vegetables.

    Wait...

    Veggies ARE kryptonite!! :eek:
     
  23. ender land macrumors 6502a

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    I normally say something like "I am a perfectionist and have a tendency to hold others to that same standard when it is not needed. This has caused problems before, especially with coursework, when not communicated to others - I have different expectations and this can cause some team tension if I'm not 100% aware of this all the time."

    It's true, and well it's easier to tell them an honest answer than make up some BS answer.
     
  24. Skyrim macrumors member

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    I had been asked this question during the interview. It was really the uncomfortable experience.
     
  25. iBlue macrumors Core

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    I have answered: "This exact question in interviews is my weakness. You know no one will answer honestly, right?" If I recall correctly he smiled and said "good point" and moved on. I did get the job.
     

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