|Quoting planeguy727 (Reply 2):|
Instead of calling it a weakness, focus the word choices and conversation on what you would like to learn/develop and how that development will benefit the firm with which you are interviewing.
Um, yeah, but that's a real fine line there. A lot of people I've interviewed will carry on about more "strengths" when I ask what their weakness is. They word it a little differently, (probably because someone told them it was a good idea), and basically tell me the same thing I just asked when we talking about strengths. Depending on my level of patience, I may continue on already having decided not to hire, or I may just dismiss them on the spot (without explanation, as policy requires of course). For the record, the reason why that kind of answer will get a person kicked out of an interview is two-fold. On one hand, you've basically just lied to me, and on the other, you've managed to fail to take direction properly (answering a question I didn't ask) while doing so.
What you say there, planeguy, is not bad
advice, per se. But again, it's something this guy wants to be real
careful with, as I'm not the only member of mgmt to ever feel this way about that particular question. As a practical matter, the best answer I've ever heard to that one was when a young man told me his weakness was that he couldn't get over some floozy who dumped him twelve years ago. It led to an interesting conversation, but above all I was able to determine that he had enough insight to know when something was a problem and approximately what perspective to hold it in. That was five years ago when he interviewed for a part time fueler spot. He's our Operational Safety and Training Supervisor now. Diagnostic and intellectual honesty will get you a lot further than a BS
canned answer that we've all heard a thousand times before. Just sayin...
This interview is for, what, a clerk position, something like that? It's pretty obvious you're getting advice geared toward interviews for much more professional, career based positions here, so don't take it too too serious like. Just be prepared to tell them that you're super reliable (if you're not, fix it yesterday), know how to not piss off people around you, are willing to work weekends and nights and I can pretty much tell you the job is yours. As for the rest of our advice, hang onto it for when you graduate. Good Luck.
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