Quote from RNperdiem
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 lot about perfectionism and workaholic behaviors.
For fun I thought about what I would say if I had to speak the real truth with no softening or anything else.
Would I really say that I am generally unassertive and conflict avoidant.? There is a lazy streak present where I am always tempted to take the easy way out. I work part-time because I can and would rather not deal with all the stress of full-time work; it also lets me avoid staff meetings and nursing committee requirements. Hire me and you can be sure I will never be voted nurse of the year.
What would you never say for that interview question?
That is funny.
- Expect me to find a way to not attend staff meetings, i.e., organized b--ch sessions.
- I can supervise. Doesn't mean I like to. The whole supervisory aspect of nursing was something that I hadn't foreseen. So far? I dislike it. I absolutely see and respect our nurse aides as professionals. However, some of these people? My God...it's enough to make you lose every last bit of your professionalism. Management needs to stop hiring any and everyone and start pushing some aptitude tests. I'm so serious. These individuals create more work for the other aides AND the nurses. They're not new aides, either.
- I can lead. I just don't want to. Some do well in the background and that's me. I'm the backup. I'm the quarterback. I'm the support, not the lead. I'm not the performer on-stage. I'm the assistant pulling the strings, feeding lines, sewing up hems, screwing around with spreadsheets, on the phone with promoters and making the magic happen.
I am pushed into leadership positions because... I don't know why. People misread my talents. I excel at leading (seemingly) because I'm anal, a bit of an authoritarian (leadership style), good at solving problems and very good at managing 'things'. I don't seek leadership/management positions unless I have to, however, because I hate having to manage 'people'.
- I am a work-horse and I've never considered that a virtue. I care way more than I should about organizations and such. It's very easy to guilt me into picking up extra shifts. Probably because I spent so much time in the military. I have a weird need to be 'loyal to' an entity. LOL
I am used to being 'voluntold' to do things. I am used to orders and it's not about mindlessly following orders. It's more, like, if something needs to be done and it's within your ability to do it...then you just do it. You step up and 'handle' it.
You move 'with a sense of purpose'. Going 'above and beyond'... is what you're supposed to do.
...and I am trying to change this about myself. Really.
That sort of attitude doesn't work in civilian world. In civilian world, being like that doesn't get you anything but 'used'.
I'm just being honest, here.
The more experienced nurses aren't like that, I've noticed. They're more hard-nosed about everything. I was asked and agreed to work a position. Well, we were short-staffed the days before and I was feeling sick. They told me, "Just call in. Staffing is a management issue. Don't kill yourself for this job. It's not like you're fighting for your country. It's not that serious..."
I did the shift anyway because I thought, "Well, what about the patients? What about the other nurses that have to pick up the slack...?"
I think I need to be more like my experienced coworkers. They'll tell you in a heartbeat what they're 'not gonna do'. LOL
- I have issues with delegating. I sometimes don't know how to pass the reigns.
- I'm not a true people person. I'm an introvert. Not sure how or why I like healthcare...because people don't do anything but sap me of my energy.