Behavior Questions and Answers --2
Foreword: "The sexiest job in the next 10 years is statistician
Question: What is your greatest weakness?
Disguise strength as a weakness
Example: "I sometimes push my people too hard
. I like to work with a sense of urgency and
everyone is not always on the same wavelength."
Drawback: This strategy is better than admitting a flaw, but it's so widely used, it is transparent
to any experienced interviewer.
: (and another reason it's so important to get a thorough description of your
interviewer's needs before you answer questions): Assure the interviewer that you can think of
nothing that would stand in the way of your performing in this position with excellence. Then,
quickly review you strongest qualifications.
: "Nobody's perfect
but based on what you've told me about this position
I believe I' d
make an outstanding match
I know that when I hire people
, I look for
two things most of all. Do
they have the qualifications to do the job well, and the motivation to do it well? Everything in
my background shows I have both the qualifications and a strong desire to achieve excellence in
whatever I take on.
So I can say in all honesty that I see nothing that would cause you even a
small concern about my ability or my strong desire to perform this job with excellence."
Alternate strategy (if you don't yet know enough about the position to talk about such a perfect
Instead of confessing a weakness, describe what you like most and like least, making sure that
what you like most matches up with the most important qualification for success in the position,
and what you like least is not essential.
Most career books tell you to select strength and present it as a weakness. Such as: "I work too much. I just work and work and work." Wrong.
First of all, using strength and presenting it as a weakness is deceiving.
Second, it misses the point of the question.You should select a weakness that you have been actively working to overcome.
: "I have had trouble in the past with planning and prioritization. However, I’m now taking steps to correct this. I just started using a pocket planner . . ."
then show them your planner and how you are using it.Talk about a true weakness and show what you are doing to overcome it.
I would say my greatest weakness has been my lack of proper planning in the past. I would over commit myself with too many variant tasks, then not be able to fully accomplish each,
as I would like. However, since I've come to recognize that weakness, I've taken steps to correct it. For example, I now carry a planning calendar in my pocket so that I can plan
all of my appointments and "to do" items. Here, let me show you how I have this week planned out...
Question: What is your long-range objective?
The key is to focus on your achievable objectives and what you are doing to reach those objectives.
For example: "Within five years,
I would like to become one of the best SAS Programmer in the
I want to work toward becoming the expert that
others rely upon.
And in doing so, I feel I’ll be fully prepared to take on any greater responsibilities which might be presented in
the long term.For example, here is what I’m presently doing to prepare myself . . .
”Then go on to show by your examples what you are doing to reach your goals and objectives.
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Behavior Questions --3: What are your greatest strengths?
Behavior Questions --1: tell us about yourself