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Old 04-16-2019, 08:07 PM
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An old coworker of mine used me as a reference for a job he is seeking. The company sent me an online survey to fill out about him. The first part was a couple dozen softball questions to rate him on a scale of 1-7 for things like "hard worker", "attention to detail", "accepts feedback well" etc. I gave him all 7s on that, because I figure it's like Uber or cashier surveys, where anything less than the highest rating is a fail.

The next part was a free text question to list his top strengths, which I did.

The last part is what's throwing me for a loop: "Starting with the most important, please comment on the top 3 ways that this individual could improve upon their work performance."

How are you supposed to answer this? It feels like the infamous "what's your greatest weakness" interview question. I only listed one thing, which was a topic he didn't know much about when he first joined my department, but soon became an expert in.

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Old 04-16-2019, 08:18 PM
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answer options:
1. no improvement necessary. (all 7's)
2. survey should restate the request concisely. (divert)
3. no information on that topic. (refuse to answer)
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Old 04-17-2019, 07:58 AM
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I always say something along the lines of "Takes on too much responsibility, needs to learn to delegate his/her work".....people eat that nonsense up.
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