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How To Answer ‘What’s Your Greatest Weakness?’

Source | Forbes : By Liz Ryan

For years now it has been true that it’s much easier to perform a job than to get the job.

Many corporate and institutional functions and activities have devolved over the past 20 years, but the recruiting process in virtually every medium-sized and large employer has devolved the most.

These days it is a trial to get through the typical recruiting process. It seems that employers in their zeal to hire the perfect person for the job have added so many steps and layers to the recruiting pipeline that receiving a job offer is more often a test of your perseverance than a reflection of your talent.

The brokenness in the recruiting process and paradigm has to change, and it will change as employers wake up to the fact that a charged-up and capable team is their only true competitive advantage.

Some of them are starting to get the message, and some organizations have always known that only the talent and commitment of their team members could set them apart from their rivals.

When you interview for a job these days, you’re likely to run into unqualified and unprepared interviewers, goofy and insulting steps in the recruiting process and stupid interview questions that will make you want to get up and leave.

If you go to a job interview and the signs are everywhere that the people you’re dealing with are not people you could work with and for, you can certainly get up and leave the interview room.

You are free to come and go as you please!

If your gut is screaming, “You don’t have time for these goofballs,” then do it — just rise from your chair, extend your hand for a friendly parting handshake and say, “I’m so grateful for your time today — it’s been wonderful to meet you but I hate to take up any more of your time, since it’s not going to be a great fit between me and this job. I wish you and your team all the best” — and scram.

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