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Old 02-26-2010, 08:05 PM
 
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The answer I gave was a good one and the interviewer was impressed

?My weakness right now is my typing speed at 40 WPM and currently working on increasing my speed to 60 WPM so I would be able to complete more student evailuations during the day."

Typing speed is not really that important to the position of Student Employment Counselor but if my speed was to increase, it would improve certain parts of my job.
That answer almost sounds like you are mocking the interviewer by bringing up such a trivial(in the grand scheme of things) flaw.
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Old 02-27-2010, 08:26 PM
 
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I have always found this question easy to answer.
Find a small weakness that you have learned to accommodate
and in describing it actually turn it into a strength.

Example
I have a tendency to procrastinate on my paperwork . I have learned to give myself deadlines for everything and that keeps me very timely.

or

I have a tendency to be messy with my desk and workspace if I have had a busy day but it bothers me, so I usually stay a few minutes extra after work to keep my workspace tidy.

or

I stress a bit when my work is not caught up so I usually come in a bit early or stay late to catch up when I need to.
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Old 02-27-2010, 08:29 PM
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I have always found this question easy to answer.
Find a small weakness that you have learned to accommodate
and in describing it actually turn it into a strength.

Example
I have a tendency to procrastinate on my paperwork . I have learned to give myself deadlines for everything and that keeps me very timely.

or

I have a tendency to be messy with my desk and workspace if I have had a busy day but it bothers me, so I usually stay a few minutes extra after work to keep my workspace tidy.

or

I stress a bit when my work is not caught up so I usually come in a bit early or stay late to catch up when I need to.



All those answers are too common
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Old 02-28-2010, 12:59 PM
 
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All those answers are too common
So they are looking for some unique weakness that no one else has ???

Strengths & weaknesses are rarely that unique.
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Old 02-28-2010, 01:12 PM
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So they are looking for some unique weakness that no one else has ???

Strengths & weaknesses are rarely that unique.

Yes something they never heard before
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Old 02-28-2010, 01:21 PM
 
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Doesn't bringing up a "weakness" that you have already fixed or have improved greatly upon sort of contradict that it's your greatest weakness?

If you have already taken care of the problem, then it makes no sense that it would be your "greatest weakness".

Let's face it: there is no good answer to this question. People who say they nailed the answer to this only think they do. The truth is that they probably got hired in spite of how they answered this question, not because of it.

It's a question where you have nothing to gain, but plenty to lose. If you answer the "correct" way by giving the popular answers mentioned here, the interviewer will think "oh well he/she just said what 75% of our applicants say", so you don't really lose much, but you don't sound too impressive either.

If you answer stupidly, that could cost you the job...for example, telling the honest truth(ie - "I often have motivation issues")
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Old 02-28-2010, 01:30 PM
 
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Yes something they never heard before
That's stupid.

Weakness related to work that they haven't heard before? hmmm..

Can anyone think of ANYTHING?

My weaknesses at work:

-less productive when I am tired later in the day
-I can be somewhat reserved/quiet when I am new to a workplace
-Public speaking during big meetings
-I don't handle office politics well
-I don't suck up
-I don't like to have frequent communication with my direct supervisor

Are ANY of those unique?
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Old 02-28-2010, 01:37 PM
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That's stupid.

Weakness related to work that they haven't heard before? hmmm..

Can anyone think of ANYTHING?

My weaknesses at work:

-less productive when I am tired later in the day
-I can be somewhat reserved/quiet when I am new to a workplace
-Public speaking during big meetings
-I don't handle office politics well
-I don't suck up
-I don't like to have frequent communication with my direct supervisor

Are ANY of those unique?

Basically you are saying a weakness that is not important to the job you are applying for but by improving that weakness it will help you succeed in certain parts of the position you are applying for


Like you would mention that you need to improve your public speaking skills if you are being interviewed for a instructor position.
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Old 02-28-2010, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Orlando, Florida
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How to answer "your greatest weakness" during an interview question...
Don't you just want to say 'answering stupid questions during an interview that have NOTHING to do with the job'.......................

I always say "I expect too much out of myself.'
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Old 02-28-2010, 02:39 PM
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Don't you just want to say 'answering stupid questions during an interview that have NOTHING to do with the job'.......................

I always say "I expect too much out of myself.'
So expecting to succeed when faced with a challenge is one of your weaknesses?-lol
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