What if we had to tell the real truth when asked about our weaknesses? - page 3
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 7, '13Occupation: RN; med-surg Specialty: 6 year(s) of experience in Float Pool-Med-Surg, Telemetry ; From: WA, US ; Joined: Aug '10; Posts: 226; Likes: 949My honest answers that I will never share in an interview:
I skip meetings as often as I can because it's just a lot of complaints about the same old stuff that never changes.
I love my confused geriatric patients and have endless patience with them but young adults who whine make my skin crawl.
I do not agree with the "customer is always right" mentality.
I get cranky when I don't get a lunch. Really cranky. And I will mow you down on my way to the cafeteria.
Feb 7, '13Joined: Jan '10; Posts: 3,923; Likes: 11,213"A weakness? Hmmmm. Give me a moment to think. There are so many of them, it's hard to pick just one." --insert childish giggle here--
Feb 7, '13Joined: Feb '13; Posts: 7; Likes: 22I work nights because I tell very naughty stories at work, cruise the internet, eat and occasionally take care of patients. I don't have time to deal with pharmacy, dietary, administration, doctors, families, etc... and for the most part I don't see them on nights unless I call them in. I don't have time to deal with them because I can do the job faster without their interfereance and then I can go back to telling naughty stories and jokes, cruising the internet, eating and occasionally answering a call light.
Feb 7, '13Joined: Sep '06; Posts: 747; Likes: 2,260Mine would be
"I lost my desire to truly help humanity and save the world, oh, around my 3rd year of nursing school. It's just a paycheck to me now, for the most part."
"I hold co-workers with bad writing and English skills in secret, fiery burning contempt even while I smile and chat with them."
"I would rather refer to the policy and procedure book to know how things are done here, rather than listen to 6 co-workers show me "their" way, and god help you if your P&P is outdated or inaccurate."
"I think children are all of The Corn and will do anything to weasel my way out of working with them."
"I bring in too many of my tasty baked goods and units I work with all gain tons of lard as a result."
Feb 7, '13Joined: Apr '12; Posts: 1,050; Likes: 648Stating about your weaknesses is quite all right. It does not really mean that you are not going to be considered for the job. It is just a way to gauge you as a person.
Feb 7, '13From: US ; Joined: Dec '12; Posts: 36; Likes: 17I was already asked about this during interviews,and actually, it's hard to answer! I would say, my weakness is that I tend to overwork, therefore, I sometimes have difficulty managing my time and I am prone to burnouts, but of course, I am trying my best to work these things out
Feb 7, '13Specialty: geriatrics ; From: US ; Joined: Jul '10; Posts: 5,489; Likes: 11,536If I answered with total honesty, I would tell the interviewer this: "Respect is earned. I don't care who you are, or what your title is....I will give what I get as far as respect is concerned. I'm also not going to kiss butt, and I'm here to work. Not really that interested in friends. If I make a friend or two, great. But not my priority."
Feb 7, '13Occupation: R.N. Specialty: NICU, OB/GYN ; From: US ; Joined: Mar '11; Posts: 119; Likes: 292If I had to tell the truth, my answer would be chocolate.
Feb 7, '13Joined: Sep '12; Posts: 45; Likes: 116"I'm smarter than you and the Unit Manager put together, but I promise to look dumb when you are around so I don't make you feel bad.
...and I enjoy leaving the toilet seat UP."
Feb 7, '13Joined: Dec '08; Posts: 3,573; Likes: 10,073I dont care about your attitude that the customer is always right and needs to be happy.
Feb 7, '13Specialty: 3 year(s) of experience in Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgical ; From: US ; Joined: Nov '11; Posts: 859; Likes: 2,084My response would honestly be, and I've wanted to say this in previous interviews in my other career:
"My weaknesses are as such: I'm not sure why people keep making me a leader because I just want to work and go home,
I'm here for the people around me and not for any corporate BS crap, and if you do anything foolish or stupid to lose my respect I'm not going to listen to you."Last edit by Wrench Party on Feb 7, '13 : Reason: stupid enter button
Feb 7, '13Occupation: Nursing Professional Development + Academic Faculty Specialty: 38 year(s) of experience in Nursing Professional Development ; Joined: Sep '02; Posts: 13,579; Likes: 25,568Quote from Nascar nurseI could have written this myself. I use the "weakness" question ... and some version of the "career plans" question when I interview applicants. It's not that there is a single "right" answer to those questions. It's that there are certainly wrong ones -- and they are easy, softball questions that seem useless to the applicant, but give the applicant a chance to hang themselves.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!
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.
I also actually read resumes, cover letters, essays about why the want the job, etc. Once again, you'd be surprised how much stupid stuff people put in there that reveal things about themselves that prevent them for getting the job. Those things are other opportunities for the applicant to eliminate himself/herself from consideration. On a straightforward question, people can easily lie ... but with multiple opportunities to hang themselves, most of the worst applicants will reveal themselves.
Also ... I am a clock-watcher. There are usually a lot of other places I would rather be than at work.
And I don't take criticism well.
Feb 7, '13Occupation: Registered Nurse Specialty: Med-surg, mother-baby ; From: US ; Joined: Jan '12; Posts: 1,162; Likes: 2,284Hmmm, work related weaknesses?
I definitely have a punctuality issue. Even if I get up earlier in the morning, watch the clock, skip things I really ought to do, for some reason or another, I usually end up a few minutes late. But I rarely take my whole lunch, so I guess it makes up for it.
I talk too darn much. First, it seems like no matter which shift I work, my social life is affected negatively, so I end up compensating for it at work. Second, I'm kind of awkward socially anyways, so I feel more of a bond with colleagues who share health care as a common interest. And third, well, I just love to talk lol.
I am a procrastinator, compulsively so. Huh, probably linked to issue number one...
Strangely, although I enjoy talking way too much, I HATE taking lunch with colleagues. Break time is exactly that, a break. And it seems like when you take it with colleagues it always turns into talk about work stuff.
I have practically no filter for what is PC or should not be said. I'll tell it like it is, so if you don't really want to know what I think, don't ask.
Oh, and if my job is to sit at a computer, you can bet your hiney I'll end up procrastinating with some non-work related browsing...