Best and honest "weaknesses" for interview purposes

Skullbone
Skullbone

we all know the "work too hard" and "too much attention to detail" memes, but they are much too obvious

what's worked for you?

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RavySnake
RavySnake

@Skullbone
I answered Inorganic Chemistry for an organic chemistry job. Got the job.

RumChicken
RumChicken

@Skullbone
It takes me a little bit longer to "catch-on" then most people.

CouchChiller
CouchChiller

I work to hard

Stark_Naked
Stark_Naked

@CouchChiller
Are you thick !!!!

WebTool
WebTool

'I have a low tolerance for bullshit.'

ZeroReborn
ZeroReborn

@Skullbone

''I'm just too friendly and polite''

GoogleCat
GoogleCat

Always there to help people with their tasks, to the point where you might end up a little late with your own tasks because you say yes too easily.

Spamalot
Spamalot

@Skullbone
I have borderline aspergus.

A true weakness of mine is I'm very blunt and direct which alot of people tend not to like.

Is that not a good one to say?

Poker_Star
Poker_Star

"I work too hard" is the most disingenuous bullshit.

I tell people that I can't remember names and faces, which is true, and that it takes me a while longer than most to figure out who everyone is, which is false, I just never know anyone's names and blunder through life without ever addressing anyone by name.

Lord_Tryzalot
Lord_Tryzalot

@Skullbone
My real weakness is that I am absolutely atrocious at getting up decently early, and have been since I was a kid. I just don't run properly before 10 am. Been that way through middle school, staying up till 3 playing with Legos, was that way in undergrad, now I'm in law school and the same exact shit happens.

This translates to "I'm perfectly fine with burning the midnight oil to get ahead" which is true. I have no problem working on something until 10 pm and don't mind a 12 hour day. Employer doesn't need to know the other half of that coin.

kizzmybutt
kizzmybutt

I forget what I said for my current job.

For a future job I'd say something like "I haven't had much opportuunity to contet switch between talking with business guys and tech guys. I'm working on it by giving interesting tech-style explanations to my girlfriend"

Remember the goal of the first few questions is to loosen you up so that you appear candid and easy to work with. Your overall message should be "I am competent for the role, I can start work tomorrow and everyone will like me/be willing to work under me."

Poker_Star
Poker_Star

@Spamalot
You have asparagus? What's that supposed to mean? Be more clear next time.

Methshot
Methshot

@Lord_Tryzalot
hey man, can i ask you an honest question - what is law school like? do you enjoy it?

i am eligible for 4 years of tuition free graduate school, and i don't think i have the balls or math smarts to be a PA or MD. i'm considering applying to my uni's law school when i finish my undergrad, and the school is ranked in the top 50 within the country

Sharpcharm
Sharpcharm

@Skullbone
This picture is triggering my aspergers

Skullbone
Skullbone

Weaknesses: I'll probably get bored of this job in a few months

Strengths: My odour

PurpleCharger
PurpleCharger

@Methshot
In the US? It's fine. In preparation for a typical lecture class (and first year courses are almost all lecture classes), you read a couple legal cases and some statutes. How long it takes depends on how good you are at picking out the important stuff and whether you take notes or just highlight in the book. In class, the professor alternates between lecturing on the topic and calling on students at random to explain what the point of the case was. Being able to answer the questions will have a marginal effect on your grades (it might bump you from a B+ to an A- once exams are in), but the real impetus to do the reading is avoiding the public shaming of not being able to give a reasonably intelligent answer. Your grade (aside from the participation buffer) is determined entirely by your final exam. The most typical final exam format is an "issues spotter": the professor will make up a hypothetical situation, and you have to identify the relevant facts, apply the relevant rules, debate yourself about whether those rules apply or not, and decide how the case ought to be resolved. Multiple choice, true/false, and essays about policy issues may also be used, but issues-spotters are most common. Most bread-and-butter classes like this are graded on a bell curve, and only a certain number of students can get an A or A-. Exam prep means three weeks of 12-hour study days, unless you're a genius or a slacker.

Your first year, you'll also have to take a practical skills class, which will be a small amount of memo writing, brief writing, and oral argument. No one will take the practical skills class seriously.

Once you're out of your first year, most of your classes will still be in the lecture format, but you can also take some seminar classes (where oral participation counts more explicitly, and you'll get graded on papers and presentations) or clinical classes (representing clients under the supervision of a professor in conjunction with a seminar).

GoogleCat
GoogleCat

@Methshot
I should also have posted this, but its warnings aren't as dire if you're not taking on any debt and there's no graduate program you'd rather spend the free tuition on.

StrangeWizard
StrangeWizard

"I have wanted to fuck every female manager I've ever had"

Dreamworx
Dreamworx

@GoogleCat
@PurpleCharger
thanks a lot man, you gave me a much more in depth answer than what i was expecting

if you'd be willing to answer one last question, would you say its a terrible idea for someone who doesn't care about being a lawyer to attend? that isn't to say i'm unwilling to work of course, its just that i am not passionate about anything, i'm on Veeky Forums ffs

i am currently doing an online associates degree, after that i plan on transferring to my local uni, and i don't know what to get my undergrad in though. i am risking a little anonymity here, but my local school is iupui, and robert mckinney is rated #48 in the country

Stark_Naked
Stark_Naked

@Spamalot
Spin it as 'I tend to speak my mind'.

You could try flat-out telling your potential employers about your disorder, though. Mine consider it an asset, since I don't spend half the day socialising, and can spend hours on end by myself just getting on with the job while taking satisfaction in doing it right.

@Poker_Star
There's a trick to it. I'm awful with names. When they're introduced, repeat their name back to them as if you're confirming pronunciation. That helps fix it in your mind.
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES. Say someone has a slight limp, or red hair, or is bald. That's a distinguishing feature. Use it.
If all else fails, get a notepad app on your phone and take notes. Compile a database of people's names, and also their likes, dislikes, family, and topics of conversation. Pretend you're texting or fiddling with your phone or something.

@Lord_Tryzalot
'I'm not a morning person', or 'I can't function without my morning caffeine'.

Crazy_Nice
Crazy_Nice

@Lord_Tryzalot
I just don't run properly before 10 am
staying up till 3 playing with Legos
probably unrelated

cum2soon
cum2soon

@Dreamworx
The commonly accepted wisdom is that it's a terrible idea for someone who doesn't care about being a lawyer to attend law school -- but, to be frank, I applied because it seemed like the logical step for someone with no specific interests, and it happened to work out really well for me because I got into a great school, did well, and happen to enjoy and be good at legal research. Maybe you'll be like me, maybe you won't.

If you want a better sense of what you're getting into than Veeky Forums can give, read this https://www.amazon.com/Dont-Law-School-Unless-Opportunity-ebook/dp/B009D13IA6 and read Above The Law for a month.

Bidwell
Bidwell

@cum2soon
Clarification: don't read ATL for their analysis of anything; the writers are idiots. But read ATL for its aggregation of horror stories about the legal profession.

SniperGod
SniperGod

@Bidwell
thanks again man, and don't worry, i've read enough

my school i'm considering had only 16 people uunemployed out of a class of 457 in 2015, and i don't care how stressful the job might be

i have been manual labor for a few years now, and anything is a step above that

CouchChiller
CouchChiller

I really hate being behind on work, so I'll do anything to avoid that

Fried_Sushi
Fried_Sushi

@Skullbone
Identify what kind of worker you are. For example, some people are organizers, some people are planners, some people are motivators, etc

These are loosely defined identities, but not everyone has the same working style and you often need a mix of people for a task. Obviously you don't want a group consisting only of planners and noone who takes action, but you also don't want a group of people who only take action and don't plan.

Knowing where you fall on that kind of division of labor, helps you answer those kinds of questions and makes you a more productive individual, since it is easier to identify the traits in others and divvy up responsibilities accordingly.

For example, I usually say that I excel when working in small groups, but am less productive on solo-projects and tasks. I'm good at taking charge of a situation, but respectful enough to allow someone else to take the lead if they are showing initiative. I do not work well with people who are reclusive or people who constantly make short-notice schedule changes.

Statements along those lines. Identify how you work, what environments you work well in, what kind of people you have had success working with, etc.

If you're honest, sometimes this means you won't be a proper fit for the position. There is no point in lying, you cannot possibly be every kind of person and you are better off seeking a position in a role that you will excel at, rather than trying to remode your personality and traits to suit a position that clashes with how you actually are.

Basically it's like video games, you need to realize if you're the tank, healer, or damage dealer. Identify which strengths/weaknesses come with that role and find positions that require that role. Don't be the introvert, who excels at solo projects, likes long-term planning, but asks for a position that requires constant interaction with others, fast changing objectives, and talking frequently with others

JunkTop
JunkTop

@Skullbone
Meh, I said I get irritable when I make mistakes. Got the job. Wasn't a high-stakes job though.

Need_TLC
Need_TLC

@SniperGod
spend some time on this site
http://www.lstscorereports.com/schools/indiana-indy/2015/

also, be forewarned that if your goal is to make money, this isn't the school to do it
google "bimodal salary distribution law"
then look at LST; only 56% in FT/LT/JD-required jobs
only 7.8% biglaw+fedclerk, which is a rough proxy for being on the right side of that distribution

takes2long
takes2long

Nobody's mom calls them a "gimp boy".

likme
likme

"I work best in groups, when I'm working on something alone, I tend to get disorganized."

hairygrape
hairygrape

I have ongoing issues with alcoholism and I tend to have issues with women in the workplace. I guess you could say women who work after hours with me are in physical danger

Illusionz
Illusionz

@Skullbone
"too much attention to detail"...but they are much too obvious

I think it works well. I can sell it because it does bug me when t's are not crossed and i's dotted. I can sell it well because some of it is authentic.

Methnerd
Methnerd

THICC

Carnalpleasure
Carnalpleasure

if you want to get hired, pretend to give a shit

AwesomeTucker
AwesomeTucker

My biggest weakness is not coming to this great company sooner. I mean, really, what a great place this is. Heck, if it were possible, I'd sell my house and move here so I can work more than the measly 15 hours a day you want me to work. If I could work 20 hours a day, I would. Some people will think that such a thing is insane, but those such people clearly never stepped foot in [COMPANY NAME] before. Oh, is that a picture of your wife and kids? You've got a nice family, Shlomo. Yeah maybe some day haha. I'm fairly young you I want to get started in the corporate world before I get my personal life in order, or in as much order as your's that is haha. I guess that another weakness would be my tendency to ramble on for an inordinate amount of time, but you know how it goes. First to hit the worm gets the birds in his hands, you know? Anyways Mr. Shlomo Goldenburgman, what's your next question?

MPmaster
MPmaster

fuck your bullshit job, I'm only here for the money
I'm also too honest

you LIE through every interview. No sane person wants a boss

SniperWish
SniperWish

@SniperGod

You don't quite appreciate how accurate this image is @GoogleCat
until you've wasted thousands of dollars and years of your life.

The employment stats are inflated. They include temp jobs, unpaid internships and burger flipping gigs just to boost the numbers as much as they can.

BUT THE ABSOLUTELY WORST PART is that you just don't matter. What you do has 0 impact in the world. You pour 50-60 hours a week into something, but in the end you could disappear and nobody would notice.

Every single attorney I've ever met is deeply miserable inside, and I think this is why.

DeathDog
DeathDog

uhhhhhhhhhhhh tiqirrrrrr

ZeroReborn
ZeroReborn

You could just pick something entirely unrelated to the job.

Like how you're bad at calculus when the job youre applying for only requires basic math.

Nude_Bikergirl
Nude_Bikergirl

Fortunately this question doesn't come up nearly as often as I was led to believe. My go-to answer is that I don't like delegating and I prefer to do jobs myself so that I know it will get done to the quality I want - and then just tall about how you acknowledge that you need to trust in other people's ability more as you progress.

If it's an informal mood and everyone is having some banter, then a joke example like peanut allergy/lactose intolerance can occasionally go well, but be prepared to follow that up with a serious answer.

PackManBrainlure
PackManBrainlure

By being a minority my beaner name just pops

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