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What’s your Greatest Weakness?, Pt. 2

Additionally, interviewers: I don’t see the advantage of putting the spotlight on your candidate’s major flaws:

What if an 18th century Marshall of France looked at a Corsican cadet’s diminutive stature and said, “Je suis desolĂ©, Napoleon, but you just don’t command the presence of an officer.”

Benjamin Franklin was reported to be a robust and handsome youth. He lived half his life in poor health because he made bad lifestyle choices of which he was perfectly aware were unhealthful.

We all have these kind of glaring faults and vices, but we shouldn’t be judged by them on the short term. In the little time they have, it’s probably more viable to allow your candidates to showcase their mitigating strengths.

Imperfections are perfectly common, but well-adjusted people don’t enter solemn commitments with others because they chiefly lack any one of a laundry list of undesirable qualities. Instead, they seek out and come to rely upon specific important qualities, which also serve as the saving grace in the face of numerous lesser sins.

I invite all interviewers to convey their thoughts. Do you use or avoid this question? I’m not going to try to tear you down if you happen to keep this curveball in your arsenal. However, I do enjoy a good argument.

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