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GIJOBS.COM | JANUARY 2019 | G.I. JOBS 13 BE CREATIVE Some "weaknesses" could be personality traits, or work behaviors. But you might also want to think outside the box about this. To use a very famous example (and I don't recommend this for the interview), Bill Gates has been quoted as saying, "I will always choose a lazy person to do a difficult job because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it." Laziness is typically viewed as a weakness, and yet the second richest man on Earth has found a way to make it sound like a positive … at least in this context! So again, while we wouldn't recommend using "laziness" as your weakness, it is worth considering ideas that an interviewer may not expect to hear. DON'T PRETEND TO BE PERFECT! Nobody wants to work with a conceited individual. People, even hiring managers, understand and appreciate the fact that nobody is perfect. So don't try to convey yourself as such during an interview. Most likely, they have seen and heard it all. That includes candidates trying to avoid tough questions by either offering fluff answers or by trying to "misdirect" the question by answering it in a way that doesn't actually answer it at all. This isn't a political press conference where you can dodge the hardballs. Step up with integrity and courage, and take your lumps like a proud veteran! SPEAK ABOUT YOUR INTENTIONS If you aren't an expert on a system that their job posting mentioned, let them know that is a weakness but that you fully intend to learn it and have a plan to become an expert as soon as possible, through self-study, courses, or working side-by-side with whoever trains you. Talk about your background and about other systems or tasks you had to learn from scratch. As a prior military member, you have already proven that you're highly trainable and flexible, thanks to your experiences in the service! IN SUMMARY "Tell us about your weaknesses" does come off as a bit of a trick question. In the military, one would obviously never divulge their weaknesses to an adversary. But this is a job interview, not combat. A company's hiring manager or HR rep called you in because your resume impressed them enough that they want to learn more … the good, the bad, and the ugly!

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