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02/23/11
Interview Question: What are your weakness(es)?
Filed under: Interviewing, Networking
Posted by: site admin @ 9:05 pm

Went to a very interesting presentation by Nancy
Jackson
, our ACS president last night. Met several
people that I wanted and planned to see.  Met some
friends I had not seen in while and shared pleasant
moments with them through the meal.  Met some
new colleagues and opened the doors to future
interactions.

One friend contacted me with an interesting
link to a site commenting on a typical interview
question.  It comes in slightly different forms:
What is your greatest weakness?
If I were to ask your current supervisor, what would
she say is your greatest weakness?
Like that…

The article stresses that it is a question to make
candidates uncomfortable.  The author offers
to provide a “fake response” and run it by a few
others to see if they fall for it.

Sorry, in my book it is a fair question to understand
if a person has done a self assessment.  Now we know
everyone is human and prone to shortcomings.  That
being the case, take the personal self assessment or
a 360-degree assessment of co-workers and superiors
and learn from one or the other. 

The important aspect of the response offers what you
are doing to overcome your weakness. 

My experience has taught me that working with
partners who have strengths were I am weak is
honest and reveals a mature outlook.  Another
is having a strong network of experts and mentors
that you can depend on.

So rather than being a trap question it reveals
strengths of working in teams or networking.

Tip of the hat to John Podobinski.

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