I found this article on LinkedIn, and since its a monday morning and I am too busy to write I decided to share the work of my new favourite linkedin writer, Liz Ryan. It made a good and insightful read. I hope you see it too.
Personally I think that’s a twisted view. Does Mother Nature make mistakes? Not as far as I can see!
I think we come down to this planet perfectly equipped to do our work here. Why fix what isn’t broken? People don’t have weaknesses – they only have talents to develop, and new interests to explore!
Take me — I’m meant to be writing, singing, drawing and speaking to groups. I should be doing those things, and coaching and consulting and dreaming up courses and books and coloring books.
I shouldn’t be creating Excel spreadsheets or working on cars. Does that mean I have weaknesses? Are my weaknesses equivalent to all the things I don’t know how to do and don’t care about? That’s going to be a long list! There are millions of things I don’t know how to do and couldn’t care less about.
Why are they my weaknesses? What do those things have to do with me?
The interview question “What’s your greatest weakness?” has been around forever and has not gotten any less offensive over time. It’s none of anyone’s business what your imaginary weaknesses are, and the question has no place in a business conversation — which is what a job interview is.
Here’s how you can answer this brainless and insulting question without feeling like you rolled over and played dead the next day: