Helen Palmer (nice_cup_of_tea) wrote,
Helen Palmer

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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