what is your weakness?

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  1. felix_suwarno

    felix_suwarno Screenwriter

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    lets say i have a job interview and being asked "what is your weakness?"

    what kind of answer should i say?

    thx
     
  2. Carl Johnson

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    Sir, my weakness is that I'm a workaholic. Others have been known to question why I'm so dedicated to my job and I tell them to leave me alone, I'm trying to pay my mortgage here.......
     
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    I give in to my supervisor's wishes too easily.
     
  4. Evan S

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    Carl has hit it pretty much dead on. Whenever an interviewer asks you any question to specify your weaknesses, always turn it into a pseudo positive. Like "My main weakness is that I like to take on too many challenges at the same time sometimes." or..."Sometimes I have a hard time knowing when to differ some work onto a collegue as I am a take charge person by nature and have a tendency to overwhelm myself."

    Never say stuff like "I'm such a big home theater fan that I sometimes watch movies late into the night, oversleep the next day and have to call in sick because of it."
    [​IMG]
     
  5. Moe Maishlish

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    I'm a perfectionist. It's a bad thing, and a good thing. Bad for my personal life (i.e. very picky when it comes to the women in my life), great for my work life (i.e. part of my job involves Quality Assurance, Testing, and Documentation, which I like to get done as perfectly as possible).

    "It is my blessing, it is my curse". [​IMG]

    Moe.
     
  6. Vince Maskeeper

    Vince Maskeeper Producer

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    I once answered that question without hesitation:
    "Blondes"

    Oddly, I got the job anyway.

    -Vince
     
  7. Dominik Droscher

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    I always choose the longest line in supermarkets.
     
  8. BrianW

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    "Kryptonite."

    Seriously, I hate questions like this, because all it reveals is how well you can lie under pressure.

    Check this link for my take on this and other stupid interview questions:

    http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htfo...04#post1274304

    If you have an interview coming up, good luck. If you're asking just for the heck of it, then I hope you enjoy my tale of woe.
     
  9. DaveF

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    Vince's answer is a good one in many circumstances: it shows wit, different perspective, and quick thinking [​IMG] Of course, you may have to follow it up with a "real" answer.

    During my interviews last Fall, I was not asked that question. But I was not interviewing for entry-level, fresh-out-of-college positions.
     
  10. felix_suwarno

    felix_suwarno Screenwriter

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    i have saved brianw's post in my hard drive so that i can review it later.

    thankkssss a lot.
     
  11. Jared_B

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    Vince, Blondes really are my weakness. I guess if your prospective boss was blonde, that would be a good answer.
     
  12. Lew Crippen

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    Gin is my only weakness
     
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  14. Rain

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    It's so weird this thread is here.

    I was just asking someone about this on MSN, since I had a preliminary interview this morning.

    (Oh, I think it went really well.)
     
  15. Joseph Young

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    Q: "What is your weakness?"

    A: "Perhaps it's just me, but I really value semantics -- and find the term 'weakness' personally offensive. It's very difficult for me to see things in terms 'weakness.' I'd rather refer to them as 'challenges.' Subsequently, I relish the opportunity to encounter challenges. Without challenges, what is the use in continuing to do your best at a job?"

    [​IMG]

    ~j
     
  16. BrianW

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    Joeseph, I think that's the most brilliant answer I've ever seen to this question. You're smothering the interviewer in it, but he won't even see the need for a shovel!
     
  17. Patrick Sun

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    I would have said "busty leggy blondes"
     
  18. Vince Maskeeper

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    Indeed- but I would imagine there is a fine line between being witty and being a creepy letch. I tried to go for witty, I would think this might be moving you closer to the latter...
     
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    ...prostitutes? [​IMG]
     
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    The bottle.

    [​IMG]
     

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