“What are your strengths and weaknesses?”.
There is a high chance that you have been asked this question numerous times before.
If you are in a “smart ass mood”, you could consider to answer with “I don’t believe in weaknesses, only improvements”.
Either way, this annoying question will give nothing else than a standard list of pre-googled terms.
Take a look at the list below and think about whether you see them as a good or bad quality.
Being able to perform under stress.
Some of these might seem as a no brainer.
But let’s have a deeper look into them.
“Can I be honest with you?”, Jasper asked me carefully.
“Sure!”, I said confidently.
Now that my hair has finally grown, I am excited to try out different hair styles.
Jasper proceeded with telling me that he didn’t like a certain hair piece.
I fell silent and a sudden feeling of embarrassment crept up in me.
This particular hair piece I have been wearing quite often because obviously I did think it looked good on me.
Someone’s honesty is usually not a fact, but merely an opinion.
Often times I have chosen to answer NO when someone asked me if they could be honest with me.
Sometimes it’s better to prevent from myself of ending up in tears.
Another example could be that your long term partner cheated on a drunken night.
Would you want to know? And risk to loose it all?
Being loyal towards a company and expecting them to do the same to me, might be one of the biggest lessons learned of 2019.
I have continued teaching while the devil was delivering my monthly cramps.
I didn’t take a sick day when I could barely talk due to a soar throat.
I have travelled on Sundays and only got half paid.
And I didn’t even get as much as a smile of appreciation.
In fact, once again I am being thrown away like old trash.
When I once pointed this out to my manager, he told me that I should not take it for granted that I can now add the big company name on my CV.
He turned red when I told him to stop acting like a charity case.
All this corporation really is, is simple trade of services for salary.
The question Where do you see yourself in 5 years? is the one that makes me groan the most.
I don’t even know what I will cook for tomorrow’s dinner!
Lord knows what will happen in 5 years.
Once I actually answered with What can you offer me?
They did not appreciate my sarcastic approach.
Why does everyone needs high sky ambitions these days anyway?
Why isn’t it just enough to become good at the job you have applied for?
Being able to perform under stress.
I find it extremely difficult to understand why this is so often written in vacancies.
What kind of marketing is that?
Come work for us! We offer stress!
Once I said in a job interview that maybe they should first focus on making the workplace a less stressful environment.
Needless to say, I didn’t get the job.
But it was totally worth it 😉
While this might not be the best way to say it, impatience doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing.
Of course, if rage emerges out of it, that is a whole different issue.
But I often like to consider impatient people as those who like to do things efficiently.
I remember this one time in workshop.
We were going on about a topic for way too long.
Everyone threw in their opinion, but we didn’t have any facts.
Then, the short man with the way too large glasses and cowboy boots stood up impatiently.
“You guys carry on. I am going to investigate this topic and present at the end of the day”, he said before walking out of the room.
This man became my hero.
How do you answer the question of naming your strengths and weaknesses?
Do you agree with my point of view with each quality? Please elaborate.