What if we had to tell the real truth when asked about our weaknesses? - page 2
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... Read More
Feb 6, '13Specialty: 2 year(s) of experience ; From: US ; Joined: Sep '12; Posts: 209; Likes: 317You know, I've tried liberating myself in interviews that I knew I didn't actually want the job once I was acquainted ( ~5 min into interview) with the interviewer, just to see if the hiring personnel really wanted a risk-taking candidate. Only, the question was, "Why did you get into this line of work?" I said that I did it for the money. It was true. It was unexpected. It was risky. It was, by most accounts, uncouth. Turns out, no one "honestly" wants the truth.
Feb 6, '13Occupation: allnurses Asst Community Manager, APRN Specialty: 25 year(s) of experience in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU ; From: US ; Joined: Apr '00; Posts: 53,681; Likes: 26,957My true weakness? Hmmm....I really find that after many yrs of nursing, Id rather be surfing at AN then working in your hospital! tee hee hee
Feb 6, '13Occupation: LPN From: US ; Joined: Sep '12; Posts: 22; Likes: 10Thanks for the laughs guys. This thread had me really chuckling!
Feb 6, '13From: US ; Joined: Sep '11; Posts: 77; Likes: 70When asked what my biggest weakness is I have a very standard answer: "My biggest weakness is also my biggest strength, I have perseverance and persistence which are great qualities but sometimes I have to sit back and respect peoples choices, even if I know they are wrong" -- it's a great weakness that isn't a bad one to have honestly.
Feb 6, '13Occupation: Hospice Nurse Specialty: 25+ year(s) of experience in LTC & Hospice ; From: US ; Joined: Jul '05; Posts: 2,403; Likes: 5,557As a hiring manager, I do ask "Tell me about your weakness". Within reason, I really don't care what answer you give me but those of you NOT hiring would be amazed at the number of people that tell me "I can't really think of anything" or "I don't really have any weaknesses". This response tells me 1) they are not prepared for an interview or 2) They really think they are that perfect and it's gonna be H___ for the rest of us to deal with them...managers and coworkers alike!
As an employee at an interview, I do not share that I tend to be a clock watcher. I have been salary for several years now and I'm just not going to work 60+ hours because I'm salary and you think you can just take advantage of that. I will work my tail off, skip breaks, skip lunch, whatever it takes but when my 8-9 hours is up I plan to be out the door unless the sky is falling.
Feb 6, '13Occupation: Registered Nurse Specialty: . ; From: US ; Joined: Aug '06; Posts: 3,562; Likes: 5,421I have problems with authority. I'm not politically savvy. Apparently I roll my eyes all the time without realizing it. I'm usually on time-ish and as long as the leaving shift gets out on time, I don't sweat being a minute or 5 late. I don't think I've ever stayed in one position more than a year. I love me some good gossip. I carry grudges. I will shop online if there's nothing else to do. Sometimes I will say what I'm thinking to families and patients and it's often not beneficial to Press Gainey scores. When can I start?
Feb 6, '13Occupation: RN and blogger extraordinaire Specialty: 20 year(s) of experience in LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych ; From: OR, US ; Joined: Sep '02; Posts: 27,020; Likes: 45,038Honestly? I'd admit that I'm like the little girl with a curl in the middle of her forehead: when I'm good, I'm very, very good, and when I'm bad......well, I really, really suck. There's no middle ground. I'm either gung-ho and git-r-done, or I move at the speed of smell and whine "I don't wanna!" Fortunately, it's about 75/25 in favor of git-r-done.
Feb 6, '13Joined: Sep '07; Posts: 2,476; Likes: 8,796*I'm a nerd and I don't socialize.
*I'll never read my in-house emails... don't bother sending 'em... besides, my mailbox is full and the last email that got through was probably back in 2008.
*Don't ask me what I think... just don't.
*I sleep through meetings.
*The only time I'll answer my phone for you is if I think I'm going to be cancelled.
*Crocs make my feet stink, but I'm working with a counselor on this issue to make me best employee I can be.
Feb 6, '13Joined: Sep '07; Posts: 2,476; Likes: 8,796This is the best idea for a thread I have seen in a very long time... hilarious!
Feb 6, '13Joined: Jan '11; Posts: 1,825; Likes: 2,421i am too dedicated to my job and picking up ot for managements inability and unwillingness to hire people.
i hate listening to staff meetings unless they turn into employees turning on each other with the manager smiling!
i loooooovvvvv eeeeee to listen to gossip!!!!! and i will get from the types who dont even know motives or what they are doing. on the otherhand , i hate talking about myself to others. i dont trust their motives or want them to know about me. i do not participate in baby showers or birthday parties. i dont talk to or like talking to most coworkers. i dont want to see their kids or dogs pictures. i do not want to go out with them after work. i rather watch tv alone in the breakroom .
i am good at being in charge but hate it because most of the others seem incompetent or there are too many new people working .
Feb 6, '13Joined: Sep '03; Posts: 2,389; Likes: 2,890Quote from Hygiene Queen/\ This is great!!*Don't ask me what I think... just don't.
I once did honestly answer this interview question. I told them one aspect of me that might be perceived as a weakness was that:
"I don't really need management, I've always worked nights and mostly weekends and I've learned to be very independent. One of my 'best managers' was the lady I saw maybe twice a year on accident."
I got the job.
If I were to interview again today and really tell the truth it would probably sound something like this:
"I'm not a fan of any form of management higher than charge nurse, in fact I have started to realize I might be a Marxist."
Yea, that would get me far deep in the Bible Belt.
Feb 6, '13Joined: Feb '13; Posts: 17; Likes: 10Oh my goodness!! I had a phone interview today she asked my weakness, I told her I interupt people a lot (it's true). HAHA. At the end of the interview I told her I sucked at interviews, but I'm a wonderful employee. I'll let you all know if I got the job.
Feb 6, '13Joined: Jan '09; Posts: 5,390; Likes: 10,367Quote from Nascar nurseOr, as mentioned by StudentEtc. the interview was pretty ridiculous and the interviewee wants out. I must confess, I did do this once. I just was done in the first minute, I so was just done with it. Hey.As a hiring manager, I do ask "Tell me about your weakness". Within reason, I really don't care what answer you give me but those of you NOT hiring would be amazed at the number of people that tell me "I can't really think of anything" or "I don't really have any weaknesses". This response tells me 1) they are not prepared for an interview or 2) They really think they are that perfect and it's gonna be H___ for the rest of us to deal with them...managers and coworkers alike!...