Helen Palmer (nice_cup_of_tea) wrote,
Helen Palmer
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What are your weaknesses? (...as if we'd ever answer that question honestly!)

What do you answer to that interview question, you know the one..."What are your strengths and weaknesses?"

I had an interview today (in German I hasten to add) and I panicked when the Agent asked me this, even though I'd prepared it last night. For strengths I said I was focussed on the client and service, that I was hard working, prepared to see the job to the bitter end and that I cared about the details. I said my weakness was that I was sometimes too focussed on the detail and sometimes couldn't see the bigger picture. What I really wanted to say was that I was a perfectionist, but my vocabulary failed me :-) The Agent then used this weakness to argue that I wasn't really able for the job - grrr :-(

If I was being really honest, my weaknesses are:
- I worry too much
- I care too much about other people's opinion of me and often need good feedback
- I hate confrontration and suffer in silence rather than sort problems out
- I'm the world's worst faffer and prevaricate rather than start jobs

Obviously I can't really admit to these :-) So what's your answer? Any good cop-outs? Any advice? Any good german vocabulary?
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