What would be your answer for this question in a job interview?
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13-10-2015 17:11 #1
What's your greatest weakness?
13-10-2015 18:07 #2
I hate this question but I've been told to offer something that can be improved. I guess something like a skill that can be learned..
13-10-2015 18:15 #3
I would avoid anything that could point to a personality clash and say something that you can be trained/supported in iykwim? So I wouldn't say 'I take over a bit in group tasks because my way is the best way to do things' and instead pull something out like 'I'm a little bit rusty with some aspects of xyz'...
13-10-2015 18:19 #4
I hate this question and never know what to say
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13-10-2015 18:23 #5
Depends on the job - I would say something that's not really relevant to your job : eg - I'm not great at public speaking but I'm working on it ( if your going for a job that doesn't require public speaking!)
13-10-2015 18:39 #6-
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What's your greatest weakness?
Real life answer: I have very low tolerance for what I perceive to be inexcusable sloppy work by people who either aren't qualified, are inattentive or just can't be arsed.
Answer in front of a panel: Sometimes I don't always understand why others do things a certain way and I might get a little frustrated. What I've learned to do is:
- save items up for the weekly meeting (by which times they sometimes they have been resolved)
- not addressing every single issue that arises - instead looking into training and manuals to see if people have been given the appropriate guidance. This has been most effective in the long run at improving team output (rather than nitpicking).
Real life commentary:
Once training and manuals are right if they continue to do sub standard work it's time to look at performance management
Last edited by VicPark; 13-10-2015 at 18:42.
13-10-2015 18:58 #7
I fudge this one a bit/ use it for a "backdoor brag" -- (teacher interviews) "I used to avoid contacting parents if I didn't perceive it to be necessary or if I felt a situation with their child had been resolved but have since learned to be really proactive about ensuring there's clear and transparent communication with parents".
13-10-2015 19:05 #8
13-10-2015 19:10 #9
I usually say I am a bit of perfectionist. This was when I applied for something of an admin/data entry roll, that requires a lot of point on stuff. Most of the time the info has to perfect so.
13-10-2015 19:26 #10Senior Member
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Hi guys, having previously done a lot of interviewing and hiring, can I please encourage people not to say 'I'm a perfectionist'.....literally 95% of people I interviewed said the same thing and it was difficult not to look at the other person interviewing and roll your eyes because for some people it was very obviously not the case and it was so predictable.
I am always honest, I say 'I talk too much and occasionally put off doing things I am not an expert on'. Have been told my honesty was refreshing and on both occasions I was interviewed in the last 6 years I got the job so it definitely didn't stop me from doing ok!
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