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Old 02-08-2010, 09:15 AM
 
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The old school answer was something along the lines of "I work too much". I've heard that was a good answer answer 20 years ago, but now it's frowned upon. Would a safe bet be to list a weakness, such as email grammar and explain how you're trying to fix it, such as proof-reading?
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Old 02-08-2010, 09:18 AM
 
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Its a completely bullsh*t question, so you should give a completely BS answer. Something along the lines of: "My inability to work with nonprofessional people" should do the the trick.
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Old 02-08-2010, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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This question came up before on another thread...I wrote something like "I could use more of (job related) XYZ skills but I am (planning on) taking courses on these skills...."

Another poster recommended mentioning behaviors that, while they could be considered personal weaknesses, could be looked at as strengths benefiting the employer, such as perfectionist, workaholic.
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Old 02-08-2010, 09:41 AM
 
Location: The Midst of Insanity
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Its a completely bullsh*t question, so you should give a completely BS answer. Something along the lines of: "My inability to work with nonprofessional people" should do the the trick.
This is the best one yet.

I'd be tempted with "My urge to knock out co-workers who spend all day on Facebook".

What was it people always answered with-"I'm too hard on myself?" "I'm too critical of myself?" I agree it's a BS question. I haven't been asked that one in a while and I don't know how I'd answer it now.
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Old 02-08-2010, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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I said I was naive which might not be good if I was a lie detector, special agent, or sales guy, but I guess it's okay for accounting.
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Old 02-08-2010, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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This is the best one yet.

I'd be tempted with "My urge to knock out co-workers who spend all day on Facebook".

What was it people always answered with-"I'm too hard on myself?" "I'm too critical of myself?" I agree it's a BS question. I haven't been asked that one in a while and I don't know how I'd answer it now.
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Old 02-08-2010, 05:56 PM
 
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If someone asked me what my greatest weakness is, I would reply, "I'm such a perfectionist!"

And then take it from there -- talk how you want everything to be perfect but have to realize that nothing is really perfect but you always strive for that anyway.

Never, never answer, "Well, I don't have any weaknesses."

And indeed, it is a bunch of BS -- the interviewer is just tossing out that question to see how you'll respond.
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Old 02-09-2010, 02:43 AM
 
Location: SA
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In the interviews I do, I always spot the people who are not being honest with their answer. I appreciate those who say what is truly considered their own weakness. I had one day where I interviewed 3 people in a row that all had the same weakness and I felt they had probably talked with each other and thought that is what I wanted to hear. I find that honest self assesment is usually the person's real weakness.
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Old 02-09-2010, 05:03 AM
 
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In the interviews I do, I always spot the people who are not being honest with their answer. I appreciate those who say what is truly considered their own weakness. I had one day where I interviewed 3 people in a row that all had the same weakness and I felt they had probably talked with each other and thought that is what I wanted to hear. I find that honest self assesment is usually the person's real weakness.
Lol, thanks for sharing. That would be a clever/BS answer..."My greatest weakness is the inability to give an honest self assessement! What is the companies greatest weakness?"
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Old 02-09-2010, 05:07 AM
 
Location: Central Ohio
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My greatest weakness is to procrastinate but I do my best work under pressure.

And I do procrastinate, I am the procrastination king.

Everytime I find myself under the gun I promise myself I won't let that happen again but it does. I guess that is just me.
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