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Old 04-27-2017, 04:11 AM
 
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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I've been asked this 4-5 times by previous bosses, and here's exactly what happened afterwards:

First time-I was a caregiver, and they were doing my first monthly evaluation (which was specifically designed to tell us our strengths and weaknesses). I thought that it went very well, partially because of the fact that they implied two days before that it did. They then suddenly asked how I think that I did before I got evaluated, and it did NOT end well after I said that I think that I did very well. They literally started screaming at me thinking that I was lying since it was obvious that I was awful, with them literally blaming me for actually being empathetic with the residents. I was then fired two seconds after, with them choosing to escort me out claiming that I was creating a scene (just for asking for them to name my strengths for future reference like they promised that they would).

Second time-I was a security guard, and they then asked three months in. They then fired me.

Third time-I was asked how I was doing as a store stocker. I didn't get fired, but I ended up with a yellow flag stating that I needed to immediately improve. It slowly became a red flag, and then I got fired.

Fourth time-I was a security guard again, and I got fired immediately after answering their question.

Fifth time (recently)-It was originally a yellow flag as a busser, but then I ended up getting fired.

Seriously, I'm beginning to detest it when managers ask this if they are just going to ***** about somebody giving their own honest opinion over their performance. I'd rather them just say that I'm doing horrid, rather than them waste my time and their time. I'm also beginning to freak out when managers do this just because it's beginning to seem like I'm about to get fired, or a yellow/red flag. I've never heard of it ever being a green flag.
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Old 04-27-2017, 07:14 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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Yep, they are too chicken to call you out on poor performance so they want to try and get you to admit it first so they can not seem like the bad guy. Horrible technique in my opinion if you are trying to lead.

On a side note, stop getting fired so much.
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Old 04-27-2017, 07:20 AM
 
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Not a fan. But I've never been fired, only promoted, from those questions. You need to evaluate yourself and your performance to determine why you're constantly getting fired.
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Old 04-27-2017, 07:52 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Not a fan. But I've never been fired, only promoted, from those questions. You need to evaluate yourself and your performance to determine why you're constantly getting fired.
Same here. Someone being fired that many times definitely needs to think about the reasons, and start doing something about it. Even when I think about the people I know that are job hopping, it's usually after a year or more and they quit, were not fired.
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Old 04-27-2017, 08:12 AM
 
Location: USA
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Those jobs you mentioned are most likely low wage and that kind of conduct (the yelling, the quick terminations) are usually the norm.
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Old 04-27-2017, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Minnesota
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Find something you like doing. Go from there.


How do you think you're doing..?? Awful when they already know the answer.
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Old 04-27-2017, 07:11 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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Find something you like doing. Go from there.


How do you think you're doing..?? Awful when they already know the answer.
Yes. I wouldn't mind them asking it if it was to actually get my opinion and to see what I could work on though.
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Old 02-24-2019, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I don’t have a problem with the question. I would answer it honestly. I would probably say, I think I’m doing a great job, on the whole, but mention something I am working on improving.

The thing is though, I’ve never been fired for falling short on a job. OP, on the other hand seems to fall short at every job he tries.

To me, this means he needs to worry less about the questions he’s asked at a review, and more about doing a better job.
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Old 02-26-2019, 06:38 PM
 
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Mcjob employers treat their people like garbage, this is par for the course. Get another Mcjob, those are easy to find and becoming the norm for jobs now, that better jobs are disappearing.
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Old 02-26-2019, 07:23 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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I don’t have a problem with the question. I would answer it honestly. I would probably say, I think I’m doing a great job, on the whole, but mention something I am working on improving.

The thing is though, I’ve never been fired for falling short on a job. OP, on the other hand seems to fall short at every job he tries.

To me, this means he needs to worry less about the questions he’s asked at a review, and more about doing a better job.
Some supervisors ask this almost as if they read it out of the "good supervisor's handbook" but wouldn't put a lot of weight on the any response. Some truly want to know. Sometimes it's code for "something isn't quite right...here's an invitation to dig into it before things get worse."

I don't mind the question. 99% of the time I know how I'm doing before they even set up the meeting to ask. I answer the question honestly. If things are good I want that acknowledged. If there's stuff to face, better to face it sooner than later.

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