What if we had to tell the real truth when asked about our weaknesses? - page 7

by RNperdiem 9,911 Views | 65 Comments

The standard advice during interviews when this question comes up is to pick a mild fault and put a positive spin about how you are dealing with it successfully. I suspect interviewers foolish enough to ask this question hear a... Read More


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    Quote from Stephalump
    My weaknesses are pretty much identical to yours, OP.

    Work smarter, not harder is one of my lifelong mottos, and it stems from that ever present lazy streak I have that will probably never go away.

    I will consider calling into work every day (at least momentarily), just because I don't want to get out of bed.

    I hate confrontation because I hate rejection/burning bridges, so I'll either let myself be walked on or I'll disappear without saying a word.

    I'm a perfectionist. Not the cool type that scrubs the linoleum with a toothbrush every day. The unproductive type that gets so overwhelmed with the idea of doing everything perfectly that I give up before I even get started, or waste all my time planning.

    If you make a rule a don't agree with, I'll probably break it at some point. Even if I don't organically want to. Just on principle.
    Are we the same person?

    I generally dislike people. Of all sorts. I prefer to be left alone to work/eat/exist.

    I have a nasty habit of interrupting people. Not to be rude...usually because I have a "me too!!" comment that just can't wait until the end of their long story.
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    "I say what I mean and I mean what I say."

    That never seemed to me to be a weakness, but I'm surprised at how many people cannot "hear" something that isn't sugar coated. Unfortunately, I'm not real good a sugar coating.

    "I'm lousy at playing politics" is another major weakness of mine.
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    Ruby Vee...nothing wrong with that. I have worked (and struggled) to add "I say what I mean, I mean what say, but I don't say it mean".
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    If I'm asked this question during an interview I seriously want to reply that my hamstrings are my greatest weakness.
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    Quote from FDW630

    Are we the same person?

    I generally dislike people. Of all sorts. I prefer to be left alone to work/eat/exist.

    I have a nasty habit of interrupting people. Not to be rude...usually because I have a "me too!!" comment that just can't wait until the end of their long story.
    I, no lie, had a section in my post about my bad habit of interrupting. I deleted it because my post just kept getting longer and longer. Bizarro.
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    I can be pretty passive and sometimes delay acting on things because often things "work themselves out."

    I will never work on my day off. not ever. And if you want me to stay late after my shift, you'd better have cash. Begging helps too.

    I hate stupid policies and if you implement any I will ignore them.

    I'm socially inept.

    Can I have the job?
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