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Red face Interview Prep.... - November 20, 2013, 04:17 AM

I will keep this very short....
This year I've had 4 interviews (3 in person and 2 over the phone) yeah I know that do not add up, but one job did over the phone then in person, then over the phone again...

And I have not got a job from any of them.
2 government, 1 contract, and 1 private company.

With that said, I have an interview for a government job tomorrow and Im scare that I must be fucking up in the interviews.

The one thing that I get ask is...
What was my biggest Failure...
Also what are my strengths and weakness.

Out of those I can answer my strenths very easy....
My weakness....well if i was to say it...Im sure they would pass me over.
(can't spell worth shit...but I write lots of error free reports on a semi daily, weekly and monthly basis)

The clincher is My biggest failure.
My jobs have been so routine that to this date, I can not think of a failure. From 1998 to now its pretty straight forward.
On interviews I make shit up, but im told thats not really a failure.

I said that I made a correction to a page on our temp server...then deleted it by accident....they ask how I fixed it. I said I pulled down a copy from our Production server and then update that and put a copy back into our temp server.

Anyway.....I know you would not know what I have failed at...but maybe if I hear something from you guys it will make a spark in my memory, or give me something I can make up to use....

I think this is the one key item that I am getting stumped on and I start to drift in the interview when asked.

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November 20, 2013, 05:11 AM

Typically these type of questions are not necessarily designed to get you to list your weaknesses but more to see how you deal with adversity and if you are willing to take risks etc.

Saying there has been no failure just makes you come of as untruthful and leads to a whole other set of questions you don't want to get into

Take time to reflect on the question and use your answer to show what you learned from the situation and how you turned the challenge into an opportunity.

An example maybe that you recall a project where you wish you had pushed for more product specific training up front. That in retrospect you could have finished the project faster/cheaper if you/your team had taken a course in XYZ. That is was something you and your team added to your methodology for the next similar project.

The idea is to show that you are effectively able to analyze and self evaluate in retrospect and use a learning opportunity to your advantage.

Talk about challenges, learning opportunities and changes as opposed to problems, failures and weakness.

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November 20, 2013, 06:10 AM

Take a strength and list it as a weakness.

Example: I am a hard worker.

Weakness: Sometimes I work too hard on a project and end up being stretched too thin. I think it can be a bit counter-productive. But I didn't have a choice if we were to make the deadline.

A manager/interviewer will not have an issue with this. You perceive it as a weakness, but they will see it as a positive.

Interviewing is a game. Body language - sit forward, make eye contact, be expressive.

Your answers - You will probably see similar questions from interview to interview. When you answer, watch your interviewers for their body language and facial expressions. You are looking for answers you can improve.

Reflective answering - using similar language to the question to ensure you make the interviewer feel like you understand and are on a similar wave length.

Providing words to a question - Get on the same page as the interviewer. If you are supplying words when they are trying to ask a question....then you are already a leg up. You gave the question, now give the answer. You would be surprised at how many people have never been trained in how to give or take an interview.

Remember, you are interviewing them. So nervousness is useless. You are trying to get information from them on the hours, work, people involved, environment, manager, pay, benefits, etc. Don't be afraid to ask them questions.

Don't BS on an interview. People can smell it. If it's written on your resume, then be able to talk about it. Not, I touched it once for 10 minutes. That's fluff.


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November 20, 2013, 06:23 AM

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Typically these type of questions are not necessarily designed to get you to list your weaknesses but more to see how you deal with adversity and if you are willing to take risks etc.

Saying there has been no failure just makes you come of as untruthful and leads to a whole other set of questions you don't want to get into
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While it may be the truth, not citing any opportunity to improve or how something may be been done more effectively is a turn off.

I would be upfront and honest in the fact that you haven't been challenged in a while and are looking to find a position that pushes you.
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November 20, 2013, 08:12 AM

You want to offer some vulnerability but not too much. You can describe difficulties you faced, but you have to twist those into how you are a better person now from what you learned from your mistakes.

Basically, everything you say must be self-promoting AND flattering to who is considering you for employment. Are you certain that the whole failure/strengths & weaknesses conversations are sabotaging you? Are you studying your ass off about the employers with which you are interviewing? If you schedule an interview, you should study up on the employer in general and the interviewing department in particular, as much as you possibly can. Throw out names, compliment the company on specific things it has done or does continually, express some excitement about the prospect of "getting in on the excellence here." Ask meaningful questions yourself under the assumption that you have options too, and the company needs to attract you, not just you need to attract them.

Be confident in everything you say. Posture matters. Take 20 minutes or so and listen to what this woman has to say.


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November 20, 2013, 09:39 AM

I would look at them and ask them why the fuck would they ask me to describe failures and weaknesses in a time where I am trying to look at my best, then I would say that I don't deal well with bullshit but I am great at what I do, and say "thank you, but I don't think I want to work in a place that pulls shit like this" and walk out of there LIKE A BOSS.

But that's my inner hero talking, the other's suggestions are much better in real life.


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November 20, 2013, 10:44 AM

Bottom line is to try to relax and be yourself. Neither of you will be happy if you get a job BSing through an interview. Points above are good. Take positives and put a spin on it to satisfy the question. Don't dwell on any given canned question. Answer it and move on.

I know job hunting is stressful, especially if you're between jobs or in a bad one but don't desperately jump at something. Be yourself, apply for jobs you're qualified for and actually want, and the rest will work itself out. Good luck.
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Von's job interview:

Interviewer: "Sir, what is your biggest strength?"
Von: "Well, I'm really good at riding motorcycles."
Interviewer: "And what would you say is your biggest weakness?"
Von: "Well sir, to put it plainly........Pussy."
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you're failure is sometimes you want to figure things out on your own, and take it home with you. But you have come to grips with timelines and deadlines and are getting to a more comfortable place to ask for help when needed. It has never hindered your project performance or meeting deadlines.

something along those lines.

OR

in the situations you've been in you like to think outside of the box as a developer and utilizing new languages open source tools that have been frowned upon internally at your clients site. bla bla bla


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Whenever I hear the 'i'm too hard of a worker' story I usually gloss over the rest.


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