Weaknesses are Normal

I re-read a post on Career Cougar, which talked about her thoughts on a leadership presentation given by Rudy Giuliani.

One of the main ideas that Giuliani spoke about was finding people who possess strengths that you may not have. It makes a lot of sense, and is really something that we do in many areas of life (relationships, for example).

This drive to present a perfect version of ourselves is even more true when you are looking for a job. You want to stand out to HR and the hiring manager, so you want to portray the image that you can do it all! You know the interviewers will ask about weaknesses and mistakes, but they need to be promoted in such a way to show your growth as a person.

There is a lot of value in asking about your shortcomings. If you have a history of continuing to make the same mistakes again and again or haven’t developed ways to somehow compensate for weaknesses, it can be inferred that you don’t learn new skills well.

The thing is, a really good team is comprised of people who have different strengths and mesh in a way that allow those strengths to make up for the weaknesses that others may have.

No one (not even the person interviewing you) is perfect. Wouldn’t it be great if this aspect of the interview could be made less stressful? Maybe it can be.

Before an interview, take the time to adjust your perspective. Formulate good stories that illustrate your ability to benefit from your mistakes (see this past post on talking about mistakes for an example) and learn skills that allow you to effectively manage your weaknesses.

Then take some deep breaths and remember that there is no such thing as perfection. Everyone has a chink in their armor.

How have you effectively dealt with questions regarding your weaknesses and mistakes?

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