Thursday, August 8, 2013

Weaknesses

Today I interviewed a girl at work, and when I asked her what her weaknesses were, her answer kinda surprised me.

"I get overwhelmed easily. Like if things get too busy, I'll get overwhelmed. And if I've given a lot of things to do, I'll probably forget something."

Um. Wrong.

I mean, those things clearly are true for her. But obviously she has never been taught to spin a weakness into a strength, ala Michael Scott.

Michael: Why don't I tell you what my greatest weaknesses are? I work too hard. I care too much. And sometimes I can be too invested in my job.
David: Okay. And your strengths?
Michael: Well, my weaknesses are actually... strengths.
David: Oh. Yes. Very good.
Michael: Thank you.
David: Very good.

I haven't been in a real interview in quite some time - since 2009, to be exact. So I haven't been asked to list my weaknesses since at least then. If I were to be asked right now, I would say it's the fact that I can't spell. I can't spell these words:

Definetely
Immediantly
Accreditited

The third one is a doozy, since I spend most of my day checking the acccreditatieon of other colleges. Thank God for spell check. My weaknesses really aren't that bad, since little red squiggly lines let you know of your mistake and you can right click to fix it.
However, what if there was a gun to my head and I had to be brutally honest in an interview and actually list my real weaknesses? I would probably give a too-honest answer like interview girl did today. I would say something like:

"I get obsessive-compulsive about things, and I can't stop doing/thinking/fantasizing about it until one day I just randomly get over it and stop. Examples of this behavior are Weight Watchers, Candy Crusher and, most currently, Glee on Netflix. I get really really upset about tiny things in my life, that are really huge things, but only in my head. I often have about ten "problems" in my head at one time, and most of them are 100% made up and not true. I judge people. I judge them a lot. I'm judging you right now. And in meetings, I can't hide my attitude, my sarcastic face, or my bitchy looks. I hate wearing heels, and pants, and clothes, really. I'm naked a lot when I'm not around people. I want a pet, but I don't want to deal with their death one day so that's why I'm not getting one. I'm actually really selfish, which is why I have yet to get married or have a child."

Wrong answer?


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