Re the weakness question - interviewers do see through the "weakness as a strength" strategy. You need to make sure your delivery is good - and don't bullshit, but try to make your weakness something unrelated to the job, and it can help get around the question.. I once said I was asked to participate in corporate challenge one year and I was terrible at floor hockey. Got a laugh, and we moved on. Sometimes they may press for more, but it can work.
@ Robin, well right now it's more applicable because many of our employees are reaching retirement age or have English as a second language so it makes it difficult to really get help with anything that might exert them physically and far as helping with customers and stuff, the ESL status seems to infuriate the customer base because of the complications that arise with it. It's not a weakness of mine as I'm open to receiving help, right now though it's just a product of the environment I'm in where help is actually counterproductive. Personally I'd say my real weakness is people, since I'm not a particular people person, and I have hard time not telling a rude jackass, not to go f' himself. Working in retail/sales you learn that the customer ISN'T always right, however most businesses don't care if they are or aren't. I however a person have a hard time looking the other way and smiling about it all the while. That's the hard part.
I was just talking to the CFO of the company I'm interviewing for (we worked together at a previous job). He informed me that they just finished putting the job description together, the position isn't even posted as open anywhere, they desperately need help because they're expanding the work force, and I'm the only candidate. It's pretty much mine. All I have to do is impress the HR Director.
Do people really ask the "weakness" stuff? I've never been asked that in an interview.
I find that people that google for good interview questions because they aren't experienced interviewers ask this question more often. It does come up. Personally I don't ask it. I ask about what people feel their most marketable skills are - and what they would change about their last/current role if they could. Or what they found most challenging about their last project. That is a way to gather similar info and it's usually more honest.
I wonder if telling the recruiters that I'm a OCD perfectionist with a slightly different use of words would be a major negative. It's jsut dawned on me that I'm overly confident and a extremely ocd perfectionist.
If you're asked the weakness question and you reply to it with something work related, state what steps you've taken to correct it.
Just got back from the lunch interview. I think it went really well. It was super informal. She didn't even take out a pen and paper.
She just asked me a few questions, pretty much just about my experience and what I want/expect from her company. She did most of the talking regarding all the tasks and issues that she currently goes through. We joked around a lot, and she poked fun of some of her coworkers that I know. Apparently, there's a quite a few people that I used to work with who work there now.
She wants to set up another meeting for next week to show me around the facility. Sounds promising!
That's great Robin! When you are invited for the office walkabout, that's usually the final stage/rubber stamping part of the process. Good luck!
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I'm about to graduate with my 2 year in CSIT, and I'm betting I'm going to have a hard time getting an internship or an entry level job while I'm still working on my education. When applications/interviewers ask me for my skills, I don't consider JAVA, C++, Visual Basic, to be skills because I only have introductory knowledge and have to still build on that. So not sure how hard it'll be to find a IT position that'll give me some training or let me intern and build experience.
TG, just sitting here watching BB. Do you think there is a future in skype like interviews almost from start to hiring? Resumes on Youtube? I just looked and there were 3 in about the top 40 vids. Maybe those already exist and I am totally out of the loop. ?Just wondering... cr****
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